Our great nation is often referred to as a melting pot. Everyone is invited to enjoy the opportunities America offers. But when does the hand held high in welcome become bruised from being ungratefully trampled on once more and again? Well Headline News reported yesterday that Duy Tran, of Texas, was ordered by his apartment complex to remove the U.S. flag from his balcony because it is a “threat to the Muslim community.”
Tran said that he moved into the Lodge on El Dorado Apartments just a couple of days ago. As he was getting settled in and putting things away, he decided to put up his U.S. flag. He didn’t fly it on the carefully manicured apartment lawns, or near the centralized pool area. He draped this flag from his very own personal and private balcony.
Tran said that he has loved ones that have fought and died for this country and that he intends to leave the flag up until the manager shows him evidence that flying his flag is a violation. He said that he has observed first-hand that other residents have their various patriotic decorations up and there doesn’t seem to be a problem.
In response, the apartment complex manager issued a statement to CNN affiliate KHOU stating that they have nothing against residents being patriotic. They said the problem is more about the uniformity and aesthetics of the community. The statement claimed that “the apartment community already proudly displays our country's flag in a safe and appropriate manner at the entrances to our community.”
Where this case gets sticky is that the official statement from the apartment complex makes no mention of the Muslim community. But according to Tran, the manager told him that the real reason the flag needs to come down is because it makes the Muslim residents feet threatened. The manager would not confirm whether or not there had been specific complaints made to the office. As of now his flag is still flying.
Tran understands that if he doesn’t like the policies of the Lodge on El Dorado Apartments, he can always move somewhere else. However, for him, it’s just a matter of principle. He and many others, feel that when the lyrics ask “Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave?” the answer should be a loud and resounding yes.