A black man from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, recently found a noose and white supremacist flag hanging on a fence near his home.
Ernest Beal, a 42 year old who moved to Murfreesboro five years ago with his family, said he was returning home from church Saturday when he noticed some items hanging off the fence near the house he rents with his family. Upon closer inspection he realized that it was a noose and a black flag emblazoned with a white Celtic cross.
“I just want everyone to see what’s actually going on,” Beal said to the Daily News Journal. “While we think this is happening somewhere else, it’s actually here. The only statement this made was to remind me that there’s still a lot of stupidity in the world.”
Beal, who considers the neighborhood to be diverse, said that some of the residents have shown him support.
“They came to the door to say, ‘We want to be involved,'” Beal said. “It meant a lot. It was a lot of different neighbors that I’d waved to, we’re looking out for each other. It’s part of us coming together.”
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.