Seattle Author Tips Off Newspaper to Confederate Flag Flying in Her Neighborhood, Turns Out It’s a Norwegian Flag

Norwegian Flag on the left, Confederate Flag on the right. Are they easy to mistake? PHOTO: The Oregonian/AP File Photo

By Tim Brown | 23 February 2018

THE OREGONIAN — New York Times best-selling true crime author Rebecca Morris was concerned.

Morris lives in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle and was shocked to see a Confederate flag flying off a flagpole right in front of her house. Not wanting to start trouble with a neighbor, Morris instead decided to write her local paper — the Seattle Times — to tip them off and see if there was a perhaps a story behind the flag recently being flaunted just a stone’s throw from her home.

“Hi. Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying in front of a house in my Greenwood neighborhood,” Morris wrote. “It is at the north-east corner of 92nd and Palatine, just a block west of 92nd and Greenwood Ave N. I would love to know what this ‘means’ … but of course don’t want to knock on their door. Maybe others in the area are flying the flag? Maybe it’s a story? Thank you.”

The only problem was, it wasn’t a confederate flag at all. It was a Norwegian flag.

When The Times drove out to investigate the matter, they knocked on the door of homeowner Darold Norman Stangeland who explained to them that he had been flying the flag of Norway since the Olympics had opened, a symbol of pride for an American of Norwegian descent. […]

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