ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – There is ignorance flying in St. Johns County, and it’s not the Blue Lives Matter flag displaying it. The lack of knowledge is on exhibit by a local home owners association.
Jeff Gaddie says the Blue Lives Matter flag has flown outside his daughter’s home in St. Johns County for years.
Gaddie told Action News Jax it’s flown to honor him as well as other family members in law enforcement.
“If you drive by and see that flag, it kind of makes you feel a little bit better that there’s a family that supports what I’m doing,” Gaddie said.
Recently, his daughter received a letter asking her to remove the flag. According to the HOA the flag doesn’t fit the rules and regulations.
“She called to ask why,” Gaddie said. “They told her they had received a complaint that it was considered racist, offensive and anti-black lives matter.”
She complied with their request to submit a form for approval, but was denied.
Blue Lives Matter flag deemed a violation
First Coast Association Management told Action News Jax that only American and military-themed flags are allowed to fly in the neighborhood. Yet according to their report other flags are being displayed in the neighborhood.
Portions of the neighborhood code say no flags will be displayed without approval.
Gaddie wants neighbors to know the flag is nothing but a show of support.
“We’ve got black officers, we’ve got Asian officers, we’re got every race,” Gaddie said. “I mean for them to say it’s racist, blue is not a race, it’s the furthest thing from it.”
— Beth Rousseau (@BethANJax) March 21, 2017
The family plans to appeal the decision at next month’s homeowners association meeting. The First Coast Association Management needs to know that support for law enforcement is just as patriotic as supporting the military. Anyone that refers to the flag as racist has their own predisposition toward discrimination.
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