KKK Flag Displayed on White House Barn Outrages Tennessee Residents

Residents of a city in Tennessee have expressed their concern after a Ku Klux Klan flag was seen hanging from a barn.

The owner of the barn, who did not wish to be identified, told WKRN that he owns several properties in the city of White House, located around 25 miles north of Nashville, and was only made aware of the KKK flag after images of it emerged on social media.

He believes the flag was hung up by trespassers on his property.

Jesse Williams, of White House, posted a photo of the flag to a local Facebook group.

"I grew up in an area where racism was taught, and I choose not to believe in that because it's ignorant but my thing is I have two little children that go by here," Williams told Fox 17 News.

The landowner said he made sure it was hidden from view from the nearby Highway 31 before removing it himself on Tuesday, September 1.

A biracial couple who lives close to the barn said they hope the flag was not targeting them.

"I don't know if we can take anything like that personal, but it's sort of ironic we've never had anything like that in this area," Bob Bayne said.

"Somebody definitely trespassed around the area," he added. "We don't need that stirred up. We haven't had that problem here. I just don't understand why someone would do that in this area. It's just beyond me."

Bayne has lived in White House with his wife Comfort, who is originally from Nigeria, for the past 10 years.

"I didn't even notice that, I don't look, and even if I look, I might not understand what it means, so I'm surprised to hear such thing and I'm so scared, I don't like it," she said.

White House City Administrator Gerald Herman said that while he understands the local resident's concerns regarding the flying of a white supremacist hate group's flag, the flag itself was not in violation of the city's zoning ordinance.

Herman added there are no laws which could enforce its removal as it is on private property.

"Somebody hung it on the barn and I don't know who—I tried to contact the property owner yesterday," Herman told The Connection. "Half-way through the day, I was told it was either removed or rolled up and it's not visible to the public."

White House police said they will be adding extra patrols to the area.

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(File photo) A Ku Klux Klan flies during a Klan demonstration at the state house building on July 18, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. A KKK flag was seen hanging from a barn in Tennessee. John Moore/Getty
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