When one moves into a new neighborhood, surely one concern that one would have is how one gets on with one’s new neighbors. If they welcome you, then that is great because having cordial relationships with the people who live around you adds so much to the quality of life. Even though our children have grown and we really no longer need the hassle of maintaining a house, one of the things that keep up from moving into an apartment is because we enjoy our neighbors and the neighborhood so much.
So I am baffled by the actions of Annie Caddell, a white woman, who moved into a predominantly black neighborhood and even though she was welcomed into the neighborhood, decided to fly confederate flags. And then things got even worse.
A neighborhood in Summerville, South Carolina, is predominately black, and no one cared when Annie Caddell moved in seven years ago. At least, according her neighbor Juanita Edwards, no one cared at first.
“When she came here she seemed to be very nice,” Juanita said. “A little while later she started putting up Confederate flags. Every morning when I would walk out to get my newspaper, that’s the first thing you’d see. My husband stopped going to get the newspaper in the morning.”
And so began a very public fight. When the neighbors protested in front of her house, Annie invited counter protesters to stand in her yard. When the neighbors put up walls on both sides of her property to block the view, Annie put up a taller flag pole. Her brazenness made international news.
But if you click on the link, you will see that this story at least has a happy ending, thanks to an unexpected turn of events.
But I am still puzzled by her initial actions. Why go out of your way to make your neighbors feel uncomfortable?