The owners of a US bed and breakfast have eliminated a Norwegian flag from their company after being accused of encouraging racism from those who believed it was a Confederate flag.
The Nordic country’s flag was hung contrary to the American flag Away from the Nordic Pineapple in St Johns, Michigan.
The gesture was a nod to owner Kjersten Offenbecker’s grandfather, who had been born in Norway.
However, both flags have been taken out of the bed and breakfast. The owners have stated that they never would have believed anyone would confuse the Norwegian flag for something different.
“I’m rather pleased with my heritage and will fly [the flag] on particular events like Norwegian Independence Day and perhaps I’ll discover a conspicuous spot to fly but, for the time being, we believe it is the best choice to take it down,” explained Kjersten Offenbecker on Facebook.
Although using a similar color scheme, the Confederate flag could be discerned from Norway’s flag from the white stars that appear on a blue cross.
Many community members have urged the few to place the Norwegian flag back up, but the Offenbeckers supported on Facebook the flag won’t be reappearing beyond The Nordic Pineapple.
“We love being members of the St John community and therefore are heartbroken to have needed to make this choice.”
“Given that the present cultural climate and also the thought that people are judging us according to the misconception of this federal. the Confederate flag, which is what’s best for our loved ones and our Inn.”
The passing of black George Floyd in May sparked worldwide protests against alleged racial injustice and police brutality.
Recent demonstrations had revived calls to ban the Confederate flag – which reflects the number of southern nations that fought to maintain slavery through the US Civil War.