California city council candidate receives death threats over Mexican flag flap

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Fox News Latino
Article date: 
27 September 2014
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National News
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A Southern California city council candidate was fired from her day job and is receiving death threats after she posted a video in which she told a woman that it was “very disrespectful” to have a Mexican flag on her front lawn.

Tressy Capps, a political activist from California’s Inland Empire, filmed a video on her smartphone of her approaching a homeowner about the Mexican flag fluttering in front of her home. She asked the woman to take it down.

“Hi. Is that a Mexican flag in your front yard?” Capps asks the homeowner, who is inside her home. “You know we live in America right? This is the United States. So, why are you flying a Mexican flag in your front yard?”

Capps goes on to say the she finds the Mexican flag “disrespectful.”          

Capps, who is running for a local city council spot in Fontana, Calif., posted the video online – and it quickly went viral.

When her former employer Coldwell Banker got wind of the video, the banking giant promptly let Capps go from her position with the company.

"We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind," David Siroty of Coldwell Banker Real Estate said ...

In an interview with Fox News, Capps said she can’t believe one video she posted is causing such outrage.

“My family is being threatened, I’m being threatened. We may have to move. I don’t know – I’m really scared,” she said.

Capps, who said it was not a campaign stunt, has since said she regrets uploading the video onto YouTube and said it was in bad judgment.

In a Facebook post, Capps said she should not live in fear because of speaking her mind.

 “[T]aking a position on an issue does not make me evil, racist or unethical if I disagree with your position,” she said. “My life is being threatened and the business I built for 30 years has suffered over a flag video. My son is being bullied at school now and for that I am devastated.”

“If you want to fly another country’s flag you do it in the proper way. The American flag flies on top; it has a place of prominence and then the other country’s flag is underneath,” she said. “It’s just flag etiquette” ...

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Flag Etiquette - Standards of Respect

When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor - to its own right.
  • The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
  • No other flag ever should be placed above it.
  • The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.


David Siroty

Vice President, North American Communications  - Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

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