The Diaz family of Osh Kosh, Wisconsin, has to move out of their two-story duplex because a neighbor in the adjoining unit hung a Nazi flag in front of the home in protest of President Trump.
The unidentified neighbor’s attempt at a political statement is causing outrage and the resulting threats have driven their neighbors out of their home.
The New York Post reported Friday that the Diaz family has received threats after a Facebook photo of the flag taken by a pedestrian went viral. The photo enraged many people and, not long after, several strangers began showing up at their door, with two men actually approaching the Diaz’ kids on the street.
Rosangela Diaz, the mother of four children, is Hispanic and her husband is black. Their family was threatened after the flag first went up in front of their home and someone even slashed their car’s tires. Diaz said that people have threatened to burn her house down.
According to Diaz, “We’ve had people knocking on our door. Two men approached my kids on the street. I can’t get out of here fast enough.” She told Fox News, “We are going to look at a few places. I don’t care what any of them look like. We have to leave.”
Although her neighbors quickly took down the flag after putting it up as a “political statement,” the damage had already been done.
The couple who originally put the flag out said this in a statement:
“The reason we chose to do so was simple in our minds. To us, America today feels much like it’s heading towards an era likened to the times of Nazi Germany. Our president has spoken out in the past with plans of action that eerily mirror the times of Hitler. We were simply exercising our constitutional right to freedom of speech.”
However, they have realized their supposed political statement went too far and said, “We are very sorry for the extreme misunderstanding of our actions and we would like to let people know that we meant no disrespect.”
Diaz’s landlord, Schwab Properties, has offered to allow her family to either break its lease with no penalty or move to another Schwab property in another part of town.
Grant Schwab of Schwab Properties said to Fox News, “I spoke with her earlier this week. We have offered to let her out of her lease. Our biggest concern is their safety. They don’t deserve any of this.”
Diaz created a GoFundMe page to help her with the move and, as of Friday morning, it has raised about $1,800 in donations to fund the relocation of her family and to pay for her attorney’s fees. Diaz also plans on suing the person who posted her address on Facebook.
Diaz wrote on her Facebook page, “I live there with my four young children and my husband who is almost blind. During this time, numerous threats were made to burn down the whole house [and] to knock on the door and punch people in the face.”
The FBI and local police are investigating the threats to her family. Diaz said that the Nazi flag has been replaced with a peace flag.
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