Black Lives Matter responding to swastika flag in Fruita

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- A Fruita family is under scrutiny by neighbors for flying a swastika flag outside of their home on Tuesday. Now, Black Lives Matter Grand Junction is looking to fight what they call a symbol of hate, with symbols of love.

"We need the individual who feels so comfortable flying this flag to understand that this doesn't make America great, you can't hide hate speech behind free speech," Samantha Harris, community outreach coordinator for Black Lives Matter in Grand Junction, said.

BLM is hoping to take your old political lawn signs and re-purpose them by putting messages of love and acceptance on them. Then, they will put them in the neighborhood where the flag was.

"We're going to respond with love," Harris said. "We're going to love bomb the neighborhood."

The family with the flag lives on North Mesa Street, just down the road from Shelledy Elementary School. They were flying a full-sized swastika flag outside their house.

On Tuesday, the owner of the flag refused to go on camera but told our reporter that it was his American right to fly the flag and that he has no intention to take it down. Although, Wednesday morning the flag was no longer there.

Several neighbors were appalled and say Fruita won’t tolerate it.

"I would question their sanity on that one. Sure we all have freedom of speech, but that transgresses that. I look at that and I say, that's a person that I have no desire to have any contact with whatsoever," said Anne Keller, Fruita resident.

The swastika is used as the emblem of the German Nazi Party.

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