Around 30 bandanas bearing the Confederate flag were destroyed in front of Your Dollar Store with More in Summerland on July 18. One of the bandanas purchased at the store had been displayed for participants in an anti-racism rally on July 16. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

VIDEO: Summerland mayor destroys bandanas with Confederate symbol

Confederate flag shown at anti-racism parade on July 16 had been purchased at local store

After learning that a Confederate flag shown at an anti-racism parade had been purchased in the community, Summerland Mayor Toni Boot confronted the business owner and destroyed all the Confederate flags from the store.

On July 20, around noon, Boot, along with two close friends, met with Allan Carter, owner of Your Dollar Store with More, where the flag had been purchased.

“You are perpetuating racism in our town and I will not stand for it,” Boot told Carter.

READ ALSO: Man apologizes for displaying Confederate flag at anti-racism parade in Summerland

READ ALSO: Confederate flag seen along anti-racism parade route in Summerland

Over the past week, the community of Summerland has been faced with racism.

On the evening of July 13, the home of an Indo-Canadian family was vandalized and racist graffiti was spray-painted on the walls.

Then, on July 16, during an anti-racism parade in support of the family, a vehicle parked along the parade route displayed the Confederate flag while participants drove past.

The Confederate flag features a blue X with 13 white stars on a red background. It was adopted by the Confederate States of America during the Civil War in the 1860s. Today, many associate the flag with slavery and racism.

Carter said large bandanas with the Confederate flag had been pulled from the store shelves after hearing of the incident. He said the bandanas with the Confederate flag design would no longer be sold at the store.

Boot has compared the Confederate flag symbol with the swastika, used by Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.

“Why did you bring them in?” Boot asked.

“Because people want them,” Carter replied.

While Boot offered to buy all remaining bandanas with the Confederate flag, Carter gave them to her instead. There were around 30 bandanas.

Outside, in front of the store, Boot and her friends tore up the bandanas and threw the remains in the garbage.

Carter said the Confederate flag is not illegal to own or to sell in Canada.

“We didn’t break any laws.”

The bandanas were carried because of increased demand for the handkerchiefs to make masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. When the store had ordered a stock of bandanas, a limited number of designs, including the flag, where available.

He added that the bandanas were pulled from the store shelves before Boot arrived on Saturday.

Carter is disappointed with the Saturday incident and is considering laying charges of bullying against Boot because of the incident.

“Her whole goal was to embarrass me,” Carter said. “She certainly bullied my staff.”

Boot said she has received some hateful emails as a result of the incident on Saturday. In addition, she said a group within the community is now calling for her resignation as a result of her destroying the flags.

While the Confederate flags have generated controversy, Boot said the initial issue which prompted the flag response needs to be remembered.

“What we should be talking about is what happened to the Lekhi family,” she said, referring to the family whose home was vandalized with racist graffiti including swastikas on July 13.

Hate Promotionracism

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Peach Fest celebrates royalty with cruise

The Peach Fest Queen and Royalty made an unannounced cruise down Penticton’s Main Street

Okanagan, Creston cherry and apple farms in need of workers

The worker shortage is due to the COVID-19 restrictions on international travel

‘It’s just my job’: Off-duty Peachland paramedic saves choking girl downtown Penticton

Family vacationing in Penticton assisted by off-duty paramedic, who helps save 13-year-old

Evacuation alert for homes near Dry Lake fire rescinded

Fire status changed to Under Control, crews remain on site patrolling and extinguishing hot spots

Morning Start: The human body contains trace amounts of gold

Your morning start for Friday, August 7, 2020

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Number of Kelowna-linked COVID-19 cases grows to 159

Interior Health reported four new cases region-wide on Friday, 18 remain active

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

Police watchdog deems Kelowna RCMP not responsible for man’s death

The man spoke to police after a car crash before leaving on foot; he was found dead six hours later

Central Okanagan adds 3,600 jobs in July: Statistics Canada

The region’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 10 per cent in July

Vandals target North Okanagan camper

COVID-19 ‘No camping’ warnings sprayed on local camper

Most Read