WEBSTER, Tex. – A Texas man who moved into a new apartment complex was reportedly told to take down his American flag because it presented “a threat to the Muslim community.”
“It means a lot to me,” Duy Tran said of the flag he had proudly displayed.
Tran had lived at the Lodge on El Dorado for only a matter of days before the apartment complex manager told him to take down the flag.
“What really stunned me is that she said it’s a threat towards the Muslim community,” Tran said. “I’m not a threat toward anybody.”
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When KHOU 11 News asked the complex manager if that was indeed what she had said, she reportedly handed them a statement, refused to answer questions, and called an officer to escort them off the property.
The statement noted that the complex adheres to a set of guidelines in order to “maintain the aesthetics of our apartment community and provide for the safety of all residents.”
“The apartment community already proudly displays our country’s flag in a safe and appropriate manner at the entrances to our community,” the statement added.
For Tran, the issue of the flag runs deep.
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“I have friends that died for this country,” he said.
“I’m gonna leave my flag there, as an American, until she shows me proof that I don’t have the right to leave my flag there,” he added.
KHOU 11 News reported that Tran’s flag wasn’t the only display of national pride visible in the complex: other balconies throughout the complex were also decorated with patriotic symbols.
Furthermore, the station noted that they had not heard of any residents complaining about any of the patriotic items on display, Tran’s or otherwise.
In fact, several neighbors allegedly said that they’d like Tran’s flag to stay.