Contractor Shows Up At Black Couple’s House With Confederate Flag, Shockingly Gets Fired: ‘I Didn’t Know The Flag Offended, Y’all’

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In my 38 years of life, I’ve owned Tonka Trucks, col­lege degrees and poor cred­it, but a golf cart sounds like an unex­pect­ed headache wait­ing to hap­pen. To that end, Yahoo reports that ATLiens Allison and Zeke Brown got the sur­prise of their lives when a con­trac­tor they hired to fix the brakes on their golf cart pulled into their dri­ve­way, all smiles, with a big ass Confederate flag wav­ing at them.

General con­trac­tor came to my uncles [sic] house to do a project,” Ryan Spann cap­tioned the now viral video. “When he arrived my aunt caught his huge con­fed­er­ate flag hang­ing on the back of his truck. Trust no work was done that day.….. she cor­dial­ly thanked him for mak­ing the trip but we’re good love enjoy.”
And he ain’t lying.
In the video, Allison is cool as a fan as she informs their would-be mechan­ic Michael that his Robert E. Lee-endorsed ser­vices are no longer need­ed.

You know what? I do apol­o­gize,” she begins. “I know you’ve come from a very long way, but we’re going to use some­body else.”
That’s when Zeke — the most use­less hus­band since M’Baku in Us—inter­rupts.
“She’s upset with the flag,” he says, obliv­i­ous to the fact that he’ll be sleep­ing on the couch in approx­i­mate­ly six hours.
“No, I’m beyond upset with the flag,” she sneers.
Astonished that his white priv­i­lege had seem­ing­ly waned, Michael offers to con­ceal his big­otry by remov­ing the flag, but Allison ain’t going for it.“Continue to believe what you need to believe, sir. But no, I can­not pay you for your ser­vices,” she says. “Thank you, have a good day.”

For black folks who are accus­tomed to going out of our way not to be dis­missed as impul­sive or bel­liger­ent, Allison’s deco­rum comes as no sur­prise. As she told Yahoo, even stand­ing on her own porch it was some­thing she was mind­ful of.
“I didn’t want to be the ‘angry black woman’ but I want­ed him to learn and feel that bot­tom-line loss,” she said. “You don’t go to Germany and wave the Nazi flag. It’s the same thing.”
She also not­ed that when she learned about the flag and demand­ed to con­front the con­trac­tor her­self, her son fled the house know­ing his mom was about to tear some­body a new ass­hole.
Zeke told Yahoo that after Michael left, he received a mes­sage that amount­ed to a Kanye shrug: “I didn’t know the flag offend­ed, y’all.”

I under­stand it is part of American his­to­ry, but that flag stood for a time in his­to­ry where peo­ple such as myself had a very bad way of life,” Zeke told Yahoo. “Michael, I hope this small inter­ac­tion caus­es you to do a lit­tle research on how sev­er­al Americans feel about the Confederacy. I know it’s part of his­to­ry, so is Nazi Germany…”
But as expect­ed, Michael — a self-described “red­neck” — doesn’t see what the big deal is.
“My lit­tle sib­lings bought it from a flea mar­ket. I don’t sup­port slav­ery and nei­ther do my sib­lings,” he told Yahoo. “But I am not going to take it down when my sib­lings asked me to fly it. If [the fam­i­ly] wants to take offense, they can.”
America, ladies, and gen­tle­men.
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