A banner protesting white supremacy and the perceived gentrification of Flagstaff was hung from a crane over the Hub student housing construction site sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning.
The banner depicted a Klansmen being hanged from the neck by a noose with the phrase “gentrify in hell” painted below the illustration.
The banner was taken down by Flagstaff Police before 8:30 a.m. and is being investigated as a trespass of private property, according to Flagstaff Police Department incident reports.
A website that identifies itself as “anti-colonial and anti-fascist” called “Rage and Resist” seemed to take credit for the banner, writing in a post that “this crane has been ominously hovering over our streets for long enough, so we figured it to be the ideal space to address how white supremacy & capitalism are driving forces of gentrification.”
However, the website claims the banner was not hung in an effort to voice support for “preserving the character of Flagstaff.”
“We care about what’s happening to the poor, the unsheltered, the Indigenous, and other People of Color more than we do about ‘the character’ of this little mountain settlement,” the post reads in part.
The post contains a call to action to readers, saying, “we must continue to fight like our lives depend on it, because they do.”
The post ends by saying, “hanging from a tower crane is the only “platform” any fascist should have.”
Attempts to reach the creators of the site were not successful.
The crane is owned by Phoenix-based company Stafford Crane Group.
The company’s Director of Operations Jack Stafford said that they were unaware of the sign and described the incident as “irrelevant unless the crane was broken.”