Who Knew Norway Was A Confederate State?

Flag of Norway (left) and the Battle Flag of the Confederacy (right.)

Two years ago, Greg and Kjersten Offbecker bought an historic mansion in St. Johns, Michigan. The couple turned the mansion into a “Bread and Breakfast Inn” called the “Nordic Pineapple.”

The name is fitting as the Offbeckers have Norwegian heritage and the pineapple has long been the symbol of friendship and welcoming.

The couple decided to put up an American flag and a Norwegian flag on the inn.

Shouldn’t be an issue, should it?

Think again.

Greg and Kjersten Offbecker moved into the historic mansion two years ago and turned it into a bed and breakfast. As decoration, they hung a Norwegian flag next to the American flag at the front entrance of the inn, but dozens of guests and people driving by have accused the couple of flying a Confederate flag.

“They are the same color, but there are no stars on the Norwegian flag, and the Confederate flag is a big ‘x’ and the Norwegian flag is part of the Nordic countries, they’re all crosses,” Offbecker said.

Last week, the couple decided to remove the flag as they were updating their marketing materials.

“We started to have this concern that it was deterring people away from coming to our bed and breakfast,” Offbecker said. “That they would see it and make this judgement.”

Offbecker said she was trying to represent her heritage, but it’s not worth the frustration. She said they have received cruel emails and phone calls over the confusion of the flag.

“What we’re getting is so much more negative now,” she said. “It’s not just, ‘hey you’re flying the Confederate flag.’ It’s, ‘you should be ashamed to fly the Confederate flag. You’re a bigot because you fly the Confederate flag.‘”

Some people are even convinced the home was built by Confederate leaders. In fact, it was built by union workers for the daughter of the Saint Johns founder.

It gets worse:

It bugs me as far as the stupidity of people,” Greg Offenbecker said. “Even if the flag is blowing in the wind or laying limp, there are no stars on it. They look nothing alike.”

Over the last two years the couple responded to concerns about the flag at the front of their property with a simple explanation of what they were actually hanging on the house.

“Can you look again?” Kjersten Offenbecker usually asks them.

Then she sometimes explains that the implication they would display what many people recognize as a racist symbol couldn’t be further from the truth.

Two of the Offenbecker’s children, ages 12 and 15, are Black.

The couple has decided to remove both the American flag and the Norwegian flag from the porch as not to “offend” people and lose business.

It seems ironic to us that Offenbeckers are making decisions based on the ignorance of others. While claiming to know everything and trying to hold some sort of position of moral superiority, it is the people who were attacking the Offenbeckers who are in fact, ignorant.

One would hope that as this story spreads, people who accused the Offenbeckers of “racism” and claimed the couple should be “ashamed” for “flying the Confederate flag” will have the guts and integrity to come back to the couple and apologize.

We know that won’t happen because the “cancel culture” cannot ever admit to making mistakes or being ignorant.

It is so much easier for them to claim to be superior in their beliefs rather than being informed and decent human beings.

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