Washington, DC (TFC) – Recent demonstrations involving the flag that many Americans find offensive have been making headlines lately. A southern gentleman on Facebook decided to strike back by using the flag as a prop to make overtly racist commentary. Don’t worry though the burning fried chicken isn’t directed at all blacks, just the bad ones. It should be noted that one of this guy’s best friends is black.
Along with his photo, which was promptly deleted from Facebook, he reportedly posted this statement:
“This photo is in response to all those un-American black punks in Baltimore, chanting ” Fuck America” while burning the U.S flag. As a proud American and coming from a long line of U.S Veterans, disrespecting our flag like that makes me furious beyond words. I love this country for the principles and foundation that it was built on. Countless people have died just so you have the right to disrespect and trash talk our country. If you honestly don’t like it here in America, Then leave. It’s as simple as that. If any of my friends have any American balls and aren’t focused on that transgender washed out murderer, Then share this picture. I want this to reach Baltimore. Before anyone starts calling me a “Racist” or any of that crap, this picture is aimed at ANY pieces of shit that have burned the U.S flag. I have black friends/ old co-workers who also strongly disagree with Baltimore/Ferguson.”
There is no reason to try to dissect the statement because, well, it was written by an idiot.
So, let’s just dive right into the image. The basic premise is that the flag should be treated with respect. The US Flag Code provides guidance about how to show the proper respect to the flag. Care to take a guess at how many times he violated the flag code in one image?
(i) When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.
The man with the burning KFC container had a guide on his vest as to how the flag should look, but hey who actually cares about respecting the flag code as long as whatever is done to it is done to support your side right?
(k) When used on a speaker’s platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be displayed above and behind the speaker.
In other words, if you are going to display the flag horizontally behind someone making a political statement, it can’t be a backdrop. It needs to be completely above the person. Politicians have slowly encroached on this tradition and have allowed a few of the bottom stripes to be behind the subject. The subject certainly should not have their head higher than the flag. Even the scummiest politician doesn’t violate that.
(e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
If this guidance had been followed the flag he is so proudly displaying probably wouldn’t have holes in it.
(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
While common, it is actually against the flag code to have the flag on a non-government uniform. This includes his vest.
(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
So once the flag has multiple holes in it, like the one in the photo, it needs to be properly destroyed.
On a personal note, I find using the flag as a backdrop to launch into a racist tirade against “black punks” extremely offensive. What I find even more offensive than insulting some piece of colored cloth is insulting human beings based on race. The most offensive thing though is being so consumed by racism to not even know that the guy that defecated on the American flag was white. He wasn’t black.
In my world, all of these things are inexcusable. Luckily for you, no matter how much disrespect you show the flag, you have a Constitutionally-protected right to do it. The Freedom of Speech guarantees that people like you have the right to offend me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
(Update: The image is back on Facebook and the comments are pure gold. Also, for all my fellow honkeys, pouring out a beverage is a sign of respect. Thanks for tipping a 40 to the homies.)