Black "Arabic Flag" Hung Over West Texas Town Has a Surprising Message

 

Earlier this week, a mysterious flag was discovered hanging from Citizen’s Tower in downtown Lubbock, Texas. The black banner had Arabic writing scrawled across it in white—superimposed, curiously, on top of a red heart. 

According to local media reports, the mayor requested that “the flag be removed immediately... and that [the police chief] notify the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and our Lubbock County Sheriff's Department."

"I fully understand that we must gather more facts before we make a knee jerk reaction but I am concerned on several levels,” Mayor Glen Robertson's memo continued.

A spokesperson for the Lubbock Police, Ray Mendoza, added: “We do not know what the purpose of it was, or what was meant by it, but our officers are still continuing to investigate it.”

When the leader of a local mosque was asked to translate the sign, he revealed its surprising message:

“Love to all.”

Photo via @DailyToreador on Twitter

About Matthew Willingham

Matt Willingham is Preemptive Love's Senior Field Editor and writes primarily on politics, history, general updates and visual peacemaking through photography and film.

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Black "Arabic Flag" Hung Over West Texas Town With a Surprising message
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