A North Carolina man called out for flying the Nazi flag outside his home has reportedly removed the flag after video of the encounter went viral.
Joe Love of Mount Holly was confronted by Page Braswell for flying the racist symbol on Sunday (13 August). Video of the expletive-filled encounter shows Love telling Braswell he flew the flag because, "This is Nazi f**king America."
The incident quickly escalated, with Love telling the woman, "Take your queer a** on, your lesbian a** on...and go off, b***h," after she tells him that she flies a rainbow flag to support the LGBT community.
Braswell posted the video of the encounter on Facebook. "We need to ALL stand against Nazis," she wrote, along with his address and place of work. "Let's run this Nazi out of town. For real."
On Monday (14 August), Love told the Gaston Gazette that he put up the Nazi flag after his other flags were stolen. "I put three different flags out here, which were all Confederate flags," he said. "Every one of them got stolen. I put this one up, nobody wants it."
Love's neighbours appeared indifferent to the swastika, which is the symbol most associated with Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party. According to the Gazette, Love's immediate next-door neighbour said she did not notice the flag and did not have an opinion on it.
Another neighbour said she frequently flies the Confederate flag and argued Love should have the right to display whatever flag he wants. Michelle Anger, who lives a few houses down from Love, told the Gazette that while she hates the Nazi symbol, she believes Love has a right to fly the flag.
A few hours after the Gazette's story was published, Braswell wrote on Facebook that the flag had been removed. "Just got word: THE NAZI FLAG HAS BEEN REMOVED!!! #PowerToThePeople," she wrote.
The incident happened just a day after violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia. A car rammed through a group of anti-racist protesters demonstrating against white supremacists, killing one and injuring 19 others. James Fields, a 20-year-old from Ohio, is accused of driving the vehicle and participating in the white supremacy rally.