When a tower tech decided to get in touch with his inner Jeb Stuart last week and unfurled a hybrid version of the “Stars and Bars” over a tower in Nebraska, the campaign didn’t last long. After being noticed by locals in Omaha and then seen as the subject on local news station KMTV-TV, the flag, half Confederate/half U.S., was taken down on orders from Iconic Communications, the company employing the worker.
The tech said his hanging of the flag was an homage to his great-grandfather who fought for the South in the Civil War. He did not see the flag as representing anything negative but, rather, a sign of respect for his heritage. Up until now, he had unfurled the banner at every site he worked on. His employer disagreed with its meaning.
In a statement, the company said: “Iconic Communications will not stand for any acts of racism or bigotry of any type and I can assure the public that we will address the employees’ conduct as soon as all of the facts have been received.”
August 1, 2019