The Seattle Times was tipped off that there was a Confederate Flag under the American flag in the Greenwich neighborhood. Seattle residents were enraged. There is only one problem, it was the flag of Norway.
A group of friendly Norwegians were trying to show support for their Olympic team. One of their neighbors became concerned about brought it to the attention of the media.
Per Seattle Times:
The news tip a few days ago said:
“Hi. Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying in front of a house in my Greenwood neighborhood. It is at the north-east corner of 92nd and Palatine, just a block west of 92nd and Greenwood Ave N. I would love to know what this ‘means’ … but of course don’t want to knock on their door. Maybe others in the area are flying the flag? Maybe it’s a story? Thank you.”
It was from Rebecca Morris, who is an author of The New York Times best-seller true-crime books.
So, of course, we drove to that corner.
There was no wind, and on a flagpole there was what obviously was the U.S. flag at the top, and below, a red flag with blue stripes.
Darold Norman Stangeland lives at the corner house.
“That’s a Norwegian flag,” he says. “It’s been up there since the start of the Olympics.”
The Norwegian flag has a red background, with an off-center white-and-blue cross.
The Norwegians have a lot to be proud of. So far they are leading the Winter Olympics with 35 medals and are tied for the lead with Germany with 13 gold medals. If they continue at this pace, the Norwegians are going to break the Olympic record for most medals won by a single country.
How embarrassing for these people. They quickly pointed out that this wasn't the first time someone has had this same confusion. There was a similar incident in New York.
Some people are just looking for a reason to be angry even if it makes no sense.
Check out the reactions on Twitter:
People in Seattle freaked out because they saw a Confederate flag hanging on their street. Turns out it was actually a Norwegian flag (🇳🇴) commemorating the olympics.
As per usual, a liberal triggering without critically thinking and knowing the facts.
— Tyler Zed (@TyEducatingLibs) February 23, 2018
This fat dumbass woman mistook a Norwegian flag for a Confederate flag.
— RV99 🇺🇸 (@VRichard69) February 23, 2018
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) February 22, 2018
— Sister Toldjah ツ (@sistertoldjah) February 22, 2018
Author Rebecca Morris clutches her pearls when she sees a flying Confederate flag contacting media to harass flag owner. Only problem? It's a Norwegian flag 🇳🇴 DURRR! 🤔😄😂🤣 https://t.co/OlCYpeZ6uS pic.twitter.com/UM3cI0Y2dc
— PlethoraMounds (@PlethoraMounds) February 23, 2018