Rush Limbaugh has been warning about this from some time – that leftists are out to eliminate the red, white and blue of Old Glory and brand our flag as oppressive and racist. After all, look how quickly they got rid of the Confederate flag?Our nation is in the midst of a national discussion over this very issue as we speak.
As you know, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem because he says “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”So to some, the Stars and Stripes have already become offensive. A “trigger” that encroaches on delicate snowflakes’ safe spaces. It must be banned.
And if you think that’s a crazy tinfoil hat theory, think again.
It’s already happening.EAG News reports, On Friday, Travelers Rest High School principal Lou Lavely banned students from carrying American flags into a football game against Berea High School, because a lot of students at Berea are Hispanic. Lavely contends the American flag could have been used to taunt those students, WNCN reports.
“Some events at last evening’s football game have resulted in concerns being raised in our community. I am writing to assure that any decisions made regarding American flags being permitted into the game were made in the best interests of all attending the game and in the spirit of patriotism and respect for our flag,” Lavely wrote in response to Facebook backlash about the ban, which turned away several students who came to the game with American flags.
“Any decision to not allow the American flag to be used in an improper ‘taunting,’ unsportsmanlike manner is first and foremost in the interests of promoting the safety and well-being of all in attendance at school events. This decision would be made anytime that the American flag, or any other symbol, sign, cheer, or action on the part of our fans would potentially compromise the safety of all in attendance at a school event.”Lavely’s prepared statement assured community members that officials “have the utmost respect for our flag and strive to display the highest levels of patriotism,” and the school supports veterans, but the potential for taunting was too much to allow the American flag inside of the stadium.
The potential for “taunting?” Why? Because the Hispanic students on the opposing team aren’t American citizens? Or because Hispanic American citizens simply cannot get behind the nation of their birth? Tragic, either way.
Do you remember September 12th, 2001? The day after the single largest terror attack on our shores, American flags began popping up everywhere. Manufacturers actually sold out of flags. The nation was awash in red, white and blue. We would “never forget.” We were united as one nation, and proud of it.What a sad, sad state of affairs, that since the historic election of the nation’s first (half) black president, we should now be ashamed of our greatest symbol of liberty and freedom. Remember how a few paltry flags were hastily arranged on the stage at the Democrat National Convention this summer after a chorus of disapproval at their absence?
What should be (and has been) seen in our nation and around the world as a beacon of hope is now seen as hostile and divisive.
[Editor’s note: Berea was originally misspelled as Berega. This has been corrected.]
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]