Try telling that to his neighbors, though. To many of them, the confederate flag he’s displayed from the porch of his West Ashley residence is unbalanced and unhealthy.
The banner hanging from his home appears to be the third official flag of the CSA, dubbed “the Bloodstained Banner,” which features the traditional confederate flag image in the upper-left corner and a red bar along the length of the right border.
The “1400 Parkshore Dr” displayed on the home’s address plate, which also reads “The Alexanders,” is confirmed to be the incumbent councilman’s current address.
Alexander did not respond to requests for comment.
The flag is no longer displayed, the photo provider said.
“I find it disturbing that someone who is claiming to represent all the citizens of Charleston’s 9th District would choose to display such a divisive symbol in front of his home,” said Bob Aubin, Alexander’s opponent in the Nov. 8 election. “It seems to be a pattern on the part of Mr. Alexander to claim the mantle of unity while putting one group of citizens above another.
“One of his signature efforts revolves around the premise that people who live in apartments need to be mentored on how to behave by the single-family home neighborhoods, and he proudly flies a symbol of oppression.
“Such actions do not represent someone who should represent our community in the city council,” Aubin surmised.
The 9th District is composed of the St. Andrews 11, 12, 13 and 21 precincts, along with parts of St. Andrews 14, 19 and 20.
According to recent Census Bureau findings reported by the city of Charleston, the total population of District 9 decreased 13.7 percent in the last 10 years. The African-American population in the district grew by 30 percent, however, and today represents a quarter of the citizens in the 9th District.