After the announcement of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s death Thursday, President Barack Obama ordered flags be flown at half-mast until Dec. 9.
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Friday afternoon, Sheriff Rick Clark of Pickens County, S.C., said on Facebook he would refuse to lower his flag for Mandela, who “did great things for his country and was a brave man but he was not an AMERICAN!!!”
The comments below are generally supportive of Clark’s position.