Black Lives Matter flag becomes issue in Florida community

Black Lives Matter flag becomes issue in Florida community

[Ed. – Unless he has been subjected to threats or other indications of hare, the fact that he is in his words ‘a black man living in a white neighborhood’ would seem to suggest he is accepted as an equal peer whose life matters.]

As demonstrations against police brutality roiled the country earlier this year, Antoine Mickle began noticing the flags going up in his Jacksonville neighborhood declaring “Blue Lives Matter.”

For months, those flags hung from his neighbors’ homes.

But when Mickle decided to hang a flag of his own last month — proclaiming that “Black Lives Matter” — his neighborhood association immediately asked him to take it down, calling the flag ”noxious or offensive” under its rules.

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If his neighbors could express their support for police, he said, he should be allowed to make a statement of his own.

“My life means something. My life matters. I’m a black man living in a white neighborhood,” Mickle said Wednesday, a day after he filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville asserting his civil rights were violated.

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