Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Rebel Flag Bikini Creates Stir at Rock Hill Pool
From The Rock Hill Herald: A swimsuit with the Confederate battle flag caused controversy this weekend at a Rock Hill apartment complex swimming pool.
A man says someone pointed a gun at him at the Paces River Avenue pool Sunday because one of his friends was wearing the rebel-themed bathing suit, according to a Rock Hill police report.
The 20-year-old said he and his friends were hanging out around 8 p.m. when a group of people approached them, the report states. The group began calling them racists because a girl in his party was wearing a "stars and bars rebel flag" bikini. The group then surrounded him, so he stood up.
One of the suspects pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at him, but fled when he realized the police had been called, the report states. They took off in the direction of Riverchase Boulevard toward Celanese Road.
The gunman is unknown.
NOTE: The Herald wrongly refers to the flag in question as the "stars and bars rebel flag". The "stars and bars" flag is the first flag on the Confederacy, consiting of one white and two red "bars" and a square field of blue with a circle of white "stars". The flag in question is the Confederate Battle Flag also know as the "Army of Northern Virginia battle flag".