Seattle resident Rebecca Morris, a New York Times best selling author, made a call to the Seattle Times to report something disturbing. Someone in on her street was flying a Confederate flag outside their house. Could this be a neo-nazi infiltration of her idyllic Greenwood neighborhood?
The news tip a few days ago said:
“Hi. Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying in front of a house in my Greenwood neighborhood. It is at the north-east corner of 92nd and Palatine, just a block west of 92nd and Greenwood Ave N. I would love to know what this ‘means’ … but of course don’t want to knock on their door. Maybe others in the area are flying the flag? Maybe it’s a story? Thank you.”
I’m sure it’s not too common to see the stars and bars in the the Emerald City. Where I live, this “news tip” would be like phoning in a scoop about someone refilling their bird feeders.
As it turns out, it was Norwegian flag and it was being flown in honor of Norway’s winter Olympics team.
There was no wind, and on a flagpole there was what obviously was the U.S. flag at the top, and below, a red flag with blue stripes.
Simply hanging down, not spread out, you could make some assumptions that it was the star-filled “Southern cross” of the Confederacy.
Darold Norman Stangeland lives at the corner house.
“That’s a Norwegian flag,” he says. “It’s been up there since the start of the Olympics.”
The Norwegian flag has a red background, with an off-center white-and-blue cross.
Norway, so far, has won 13 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze medals at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, totally dominating the event.
“I’m a proud Norwegian-American. My parents emigrated here in the mid-1950s. He skippered tugboats,” Stangeland says.
To be fair, the colors are practically the same but this seems like a mystery the true crime author could have figured out by herself without contacting the media.
That something like this can happen might be a sign that people are getting a little too high strung.