Confederate flag sparks controversy in Kenneth City

Pinellas county man defending flag pole in his front yard flying the Confederate flag

Kenneth City man says, "I have no problems with the confederate flag. The confederate flag doesn't represent hate."

KENNETH CITY, FL (WFLA) – A Pinellas county man is defending the flag pole in his front yard that has the Confederate flag, flying above the American flag.

“I love my country too. I love that flag too. I like that flag more, it’s more of my heritage,” said Christian Tyson. Tyson has lived at the home for eight years and has had the flags flying ever since. There have been some complaints.

“I had two American soldiers come up here and tell me to take it down. I told them it was my heritage, there’s nothing they can do about it. It’s my property and just like I said, if nobody likes it, they can kiss my country tail,” said Tyson. But others like Wilma Mason disagree. Mason lives blocks away from Tyson and she doesn’t have a problem with the confederate flag.Confederate Flag Controversy in Kenneth City

“I have no problems with the Confederate flag. The Confederate flag doesn’t represent hate. It’s been hijacked by people to represent hate. We are in America. While it represents our heritage it should never be flown above the American flag. That’s just basic flag etiquette,” Mason said. Pamela Morris’ son is a veteran and she covers her yard with old glory every July 4th.

“The American flag flies above everything else. It’s our heritage, it’s our flag. It’s an American flag. To me it stands for everything, freedom, liberty, justice for all,” said Morris. But for Tyson tells News Channel 8, the flag is all about heritage which has nothing to do with hate. “It’s how I was raised, it’s being who you are, and it’s being country. Anybody who finds it offensive what would you tell them ah kiss my country tail,” added Tyson. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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