He was making a symbolic statement, or something.

Via Boston Com

A man claiming responsibility for hanging a Confederate flag from a memorial for black soldiers says he didn’t intend it as a racist gesture—and in fact was protesting the symbol and what he believes it represents.

Some who saw the flag hanging from the memorial—including a woman who took it down—interpreted its placement as a hateful gesture. The flag hung from a sword held by a sculpture of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, commanding officer of the Union Army’s Massachusetts 54th Regiment.

Harvard Medical and MIT student Stephen Allsop told that he was part of a group of demonstrators that left the flag on the memorial after a Confederate flag-burning ceremony on Sunday evening.

Allsop said he and five others gathered at the memorial at 7 p.m., where they burned two Confederate flags as a way to show “solidarity with people who live in states like South Carolina” where the flag remains a “blatant issue.”

The gesture came amid a national debate about the Confederate flag following the murder of nine African-Americans in a South Carolina church earlier this month.

“The Confederate flag is inextricably tied to a legacy of terrorism, oppression and hatred,” said Allsop, who is African-American. “It cannot be separated from that.”

While one of the flags was burned “pretty completely,” the second was only “partially burned,” so Allsop said they hung it from the memorial.

“We thought it would be clear we were trying to show the destruction of that symbol,” Allsop said.

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