Over the weekend, a group of white men driving a pickup truck decked out in Confederate flags pulled up to a black child’s birthday party and proceeded to brandish guns at the partygoers while shouting racial epithets. The men, who have identified themselves as a group known as “Protect The Flag,” claim that they were merely attempting to sell flags to anyone at the party who might have been interested in purchasing one.
Melissa Alford, a woman attending the party, disagrees and claims that the men were hostile and very open about screaming the N-word at the crowd. Her claims are backed up by video of the confrontation shot on her cell phone.
“One had a gun, saying he was gonna kill the [racial slur],” Alford told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Then one of them said gimme the gun, I’ll shoot them [racial slur].”
Douglasville police were called by the partygoers to dispel the intimidating men. Levi Bush, a member of Protect The Flag who was with this particular crew, unashamedly admitted to the Atlanta Journal Constitution that some of his men were “likely” to have used the N-word that day. Bush claims that he and his men were pelted with rocks and ambushed by the partygoers, but the Douglasville police reported that there were no signs of an altercation.
“I don’t have a problem if that’s their culture,” Alford said of Protect the Flag. "If they want to make a statement that these flags mean something to them, I’m OK with that. But you’ve got to do it right. You can’t go around just blatantly terrorizing people.”