Carson: Confederate flags OK on private property
© Greg Nash

Ben Carson says those who want to fly the Confederate flag should be able to do so on their private property.

The GOP presidential contender on Monday weighed in on the controversy over NASCAR urging fans not to display the flag at races.

He told The Associated Press that fans can continue flying the flag "if it's private property and that's what they want to do."

"Swastikas are a symbol of hate for some people, too. And yet they still exist in museums and places like that," Carson said, according to the AP.

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He described the decision to fly the flag as "a local issue."

Carson made the remarks at an event in North Carolina where he was joined by racing icon Richard Petty, who informally endorsed the only black candidate in the 2016 race.

Petty called the debate over the flag "a passing fancy" in July.

Its not the first time Carson has weighed in on the controversial symbol.

When South Carolina moved to remove the flag from its state Capitol grounds after a mass shooting at a black church, Carson shared his personal experiences.

Carson recalled to CNN a time when a neighbor flew the flag "as a message to us" when Carson moved into a neighborhood in Maryland.

"But the interesting thing is all the neighbors immediately put up American flags and shamed this individual, and he took it down," Carson said.