[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After the the Confederate flag was blamed for the actions of a deranged, racist white man’s decision to kill nine Christians in a church in Charleston, there were loud cries to not only take the Confederate flag down from the South Carolina state capitol, but to banish it from all society. The demand and attempt to erase away a crucial part of American history, that of the Confederacy and the Civil War, has gotten so out of control that the Dukes of Hazzard has even been taken off the air and the General Lee, the iconic 1969 Dodge Charger from the show, will no longer be produced because it has the Confederate flag on its top.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Some contended that those pushing for the banning of the Confederate flag would eventually move to do away with the American flag. After all, many progressives have argued that the American flag stands for oppression and racism, the very argument being made against the Confederate flag. Of course, those who made such statements were told that they were exaggerating and that no such thing would happen.
Except, it has.
Not only has racist Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for the American flag to come down, a group of California professors also said that the American flag symbolizes racism and should not be flown on campus. And now, protesters are beginning to take hold of this attack on the American flag going so far as to burn it to make their point.
On the eve of the Fourth of July, a day which celebrates America’s independence and founding, #BlackLivesMatter protesters in Tampa held a demonstration against racism. The protesters, who were of various ethnicities but appeared to be mostly not black, chanted ‘Black Lives Matter’ while simultaneously burning the the American flag.
But, it gets worse.
One of the protesters, Jesse Nevel, referred to the American flag as a ‘piece of sh*t’ as he burned it.
Nevel, a member of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement which “seeks to end white racist violence,” also said, “To us the Confederate flag and the American flag, those represent the same thing which is that this country, this social system was built on slavery and genocide.”[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]After burning the American flag first, protesters burned the Confederate flag stating that, to them, the flags are one and the same
Alekos Zambrano, one of the organizers of the event, said of the flag burning, “I’m not sure what message that sent. We just organized the event to make sure people came here and had an outlet to express themselves. We didn’t plan every detail.”
Another protester, Kathy Morris, said, “It’s important to show solidarity with people of color because we’re all in this together. We all have a responsibility to try and make sure that people are safe and continue that American dream.”
The group has three demands for the city of Tampa. These are to take down the Confederate flag at I-4 and I-75, rename Robert E. Lee Elementary School, and do more to investigate stops regarding black bicyclists.
How long before American flag burning comes to your city?
h/t Truth Revolt[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]