After burning a combined Nazi-Confederate flag in Bloomsburg last week, activist Gene Stilp plans to do the same Saturday at Dover International Speedway, where NASCAR events are being held.
Confederate-Nazi flag burning in Bloomsburg
Stilp said while he supports sports figures' rights to free speech, he is upping the conversation by burning the flag "at a type of event where the Confederate flag has a definite foothold."
"Let's expand the whole racial conversation beyond kneeling to include the whole racial discussion" and also focus on the role President Donald Trump has played in igniting outrage, Stilp said.
"Although crowds at the NASCAR tracks watch the events that always drive in curves to the left their beliefs seem to go more and more to the right," said Stilp.
The time for the event will be announced later, he said.
Stilp and supporters burned a combined Nazi-Confederate flag that he made outside the Columbia County courthouse Sept. 22. The event was staged after the Bloomsburg Fair organizers agreed to allow sale of Confederate items by at least one vendor.
Stilp said both flags stand for "racism, hatred, bigotry, intimidation, white supremacy, death and subjugation, all of which are anti-American values. People can use the First Amendment to say whatever they want and to fly whatever they want. But they should know what they are saying and what they are flying and exactly what it means and imparts."