Page Braswell told The News & Observer that she couldn’t remain silent after seeing the violence in Virginia. She didn’t know Joe Love, the man flying the flag. Still, she pulled into his driveway on Sunday ready for a confrontation.
“I thought, ‘What? This is my town,’” she said in a video that has since gone viral.
In the video, Braswell shows the flag as well as a sticker supporting Donald Trump on the man’s truck.
“Hey! What’s up with the Nazi flag?” she’s heard asking.
Love asked who she was and what the flag has to do with her. He tells her his name as well as a profanity-laced commentary. He said he wasn’t a Nazi but “this is Nazi f*cking America.”
He told her that the flag was none of her business but then asked, “Where do you live? What kind of flag do you fly?”
She responds that she flies a rainbow flag. He then called her a “queer” and a “lesbian.”
Braswell actually identifies as a straight, white married woman and doesn’t actually fly a rainbow flag, though she said that she would like one. His language was a shock to her, though she understands it is a typical thing members of the LGBT community hear all the time.
“They’ve got to be brave every day. There’s no reason I can’t be brave for two minutes,” she explained. “If people are doing it, we need to call it out. If we don’t, it’s just going to get worse.”
Braswell volunteers at the Charlotte women’s clinic, so angry protesters are not a new experience. She said that if the two had a civil conversation she might not have posted the video featuring the man’s name, address and family business. Instead, he attacked her and called her names.
In her Facebook video post she encouraged her friends to “share far and wide” in hopes that it would “run this Nazi out of town.”
In an interview with the Gaston Gazette, Love said that he only hung the Nazi flag because his three previous Confederate flags had been stolen.
“That used to be a religious symbol in India until Hitler got ahold of it,” Love explained. “A lot of people don’t know that… I agree with the symbol as it started out as a religious symbol. But as far as backing Hitler and being a white supremacist and Hitler, I’m not into that.”
The man did not clarify if he was a practicing Buddhist or a Hindu, however. Instead, he said he’d take it down and put up another Confederate flag.
Braswell said that the Confederate flag is “still horrible” but she probably wouldn’t have reacted so strongly because there are so many in her county.
Over the weekend, many encouraged conversations or confrontations against Nazis or white supremacists, but urged caution given the many reports of violence at the hands of the groups.
“Not everyone will be able to confront racism, but here’s the thing: We white people caused this mess, and it’s our mess to clean up,” Braswell said on Facebook. She is willing to take the risk, however.
“This is Gaston County,” she said, unafraid. “We are all armed and have lots of mean dogs.”
Watch her full video below:
Watch Rachel Maddow broadcast ‘exclusive story’ that undermines Mike Pence’s claims
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Monday presented an "exclusive story" -- that undermines public claims by the Trump administration.
Vice President Mike Pence has been among the biggest defenders of the detention camps the administration is running near the southern border.
Pence has described the treatment of detainees as "compassionate" and "excellent."
But that was not what Maddow reported on Monday.
"You haven’t seen this anywhere else," she introduced. "This is the first time this has been broadcast."
The story was an exclusive interview NBC News correspondent Julia Ainsley conducted with a child refugee from Guatemala who was held in one of the camps for eleven days.
WATCH: 10 videos show massive flooding hitting Brooklyn and New Jersey after torrential downpour
A massive flood is once again striking parts of New York City and New Jersey Monday as the heatwave gave way to a torrential downpour.
The storm moved through after 6 p.m. EST, dropping several inches of rain in a short period and causing immense flash flooding during rush hour. Commuters reported unusually large crowds on subway platforms, water flowing down subway stairs and huge leaks in the ceilings.
Airports were also dealing with the storm blowing through with time delays at LaGuardia, JFK and the Newark Airports.
Some folks took the flood in stride, bringing out pool toys to ride the waves:
Protesters take to the streets outside judge’s home after he approves controversial jail sentence for black judge
On Monday, angry crowds of people came to the neighborhood of Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Patrick Dinkelacker after he ordered former judge Tracie Hunter to serve a six-month prison sentence for mishandling a confidential document.
The scenes from the courtroom were dramatic, with Hunter's supporters screaming as she collapsed upon Dinkelacker upholding the sentence, and officers dragging her limp figure from the courtroom: