Ford said she asked to talk with a manager.
“I wanted to have a conversation about, 'Hey, what do you think this flag represents?' Because I feel that it’s a negative representation of the Seahawks,” Ford said.
But she said, instead, a manager suggested she take the issue to social media.
“He said, ‘I’m not taking it down. I’m not getting a ladder. if you have a problem with it, you should post about it on Facebook,’” Ford said.
Ford said she posted a picture on Facebook and that post, she said, led to another manager kicking her and her companion out before they finished their meals.
“He said, 'No, leave. Get out. Don’t come back,'” Ford said.
Posts about the incident are being shared hundreds of times and generating hundreds of comments, with some people posting side-by-side comparisons of the Confederate flag with the Seahawks flag at the bar.
Corey O’Brien is a longtime customer at the bar. He says he’s half black and doesn’t see a problem with the Hawks flag.
“I see the Seahawks flag with the X through it. That’s been here for four years; no one has said anything about it,” he said. “This is not a racist bar.”
“I can definitely see a resemblance. You’d be arguing against logic if you were to say there was no resemblance at all,” said customer Adam Walker.
The bar owner, who didn't want to talk on camera, said he never intended the flag to be connected to the Confederate flag in any way. He said he decided to take the flag down to avoid the controversy.
Ford said she hopes the dialogue will continue.
“It’s great he took it down. It’s sad we weren’t able to have a conversation,” she said. “There are so many times when people don’t have a voice. And when you have an opportunity to speak out, you absolutely should.”