SMH: Sheriff Refuses to Lower Flag for Nelson Mandela

While hundreds of American flags have been lowered in tribute of Nelson Mandela per President Obama’s request, at least one flag in South Carolina has not been.


The sheriff in town, Rick Clark, believes the honor should be reserved for American citizens.

“It’s just my simple opinion that the flag should only be lowered to half-staff for Americans who sacrificed for their country,” Clark told Fox Carolina News.

Clark did name one place he thought the flag should be lowered – the U.S. Embassy in South Africa.

“I have no problem lowering it in South Africa in their country but not for our country. It should be the people who have sacrificed for our country.”

Nelson Mandela was a worldwide icon. Perhaps, the sheriff didn’t grasp the concept that worldwide includes the United States. His contributions stretch far beyond the matters of citizenship and the borders of South Africa and America.

Although the president made the order to lower the flags until Monday at sunset, the sheriff cannot be penalized. The order is simply a guide.

He may not be receiving any punishment, but he’s definitely getting major side eye.