It’s not the Confederate flag that has people talking in this Georgia city; a local business owner decided to make a statement by flying a WWII Nazi naval flag featuring a swastika.
Anthony Harris, owner of SEVEN on Second, an eclectic local art store in Macon, is flying a Kreigsmarine flag on the flagpole outside of his store. It will be flying the whole week from August 16th through the 22nd, according to the store’s Facebook page.
According to a Monday news broadcast on WGXA-TV, Harris is flying the flag in hopes of starting a community conversation.
“I just want people to realize that it’s a flag,” Harris told the station. “Don’t get so much in an uproar about it; it’s good to have a conversation about it; it’s good to address it, but there’s no need to want to kill someone over it.”
Harris wrote on Facebook:
THIS WEEK’S FLAG: The Kriegsmarine, or Nazi Germany Naval flag. I do expect this flag to cause an uproar. If you are one of those that feels the need to vent your anger keep in mind that the swastika was originally a Hindu symbol that meant “Good luck”. Hitler stole it. Just as a bunch or redneck racists stole the Confederate flag. Also, keep in mind that my Grandfather, Walter Meyer, fought for and died under the German regime in World War II. If you can honor your dead relatives that were veterans, I can honor mine. But most of all, remember that it is just a flag. So quit stressing yourself out. Have a great week.
Last week, the store featured a Confederate battle flag, which apparently attracted complaints, leading Harris to replace it with a Celtic Cross. He posted:
This was last week’s flag at SEVEN – The Celtic Cross, which has been co-opted by a skinhead group. No one complained an iota about this one. Two words: Media Propaganda.
Has the attention helped business? It’s hard to say, but a picture posted Sunday on the store’s Facebook page shows a man named “Tommy” who purchased two Confederate flags.
One thing is certain: the flag is getting a lot of attention.