Confederate flag stolen from Del. home; owner called racist

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Thursday, July 9, 2015
FILE - In this June 30, 2015 file photo, a Confederate flag flies at the base of Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain, Ga.
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GLASGOW, Del. -- New Castle County, Del. police are investigating the theft of a Confederate flag from a Glasgow home.

Homeowner Barry Binkley Jr. told The News Journal of Wilmington on Wednesday that the banner had been removed from a flagpole outside of his home. A boat on the property was spray-painted with words denouncing him as "racist."

Binkley says he isn't racist and flew the rebel flag for more than 15 years, calling it a symbol that ties him to friends and family in the South.

Police spokeswoman Tracey Duffy says the theft is not considered a hate crime because no racial slurs were used.

The case comes amid a turbulent national debate about the use of Confederate imagery in the wake of last month's tragic murders at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.,