Fox News: ADL Says Betsy Ross Flag 'Essentially Innocuous'

Chris Menahan
Jul. 05, 2019

Americans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they've been granted (tenuous) permission by the Anti-Defamation League to celebrate their heritage with the Betsy Ross flag.

From Fox News:
The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday weighed into the Betsy Ross flag debate after Colin Kaepernick reportedly raised concerns to Nike officials about putting the flag on a sneaker.

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who created a firestorm in 2016 when he decided to kneel during the national anthem to raise awareness about perceived racial injustices, told Nike that flag recalled an era in which black people were enslaved and that the particular flag had been appropriated by white nationalist groups, according to multiple reports.

The Anti-Defamation League does not have the particular flag in its database of hate symbols, Mark Pitcavage [pictured above], a senior research fellow for the group’s Center on Extremism, told the Associated Press. He said extremist groups have occasionally used the flag, but it’s most commonly used by people for patriotic purposes.

“We view it as essentially an innocuous historical flag,” he said. “It's not a thing in the white supremacist movement.”
Knowing that the great arbiters of morality -- who just two weeks ago pushed for a nearly 100-year-old WWI memorial cross in Bladensburg, Maryland to be taken down and are actively working to censor the internet -- are granting us permission to fly the Betsy Ross flag may make Americans feel comfortable flying the flag, but they shouldn't feel too comfortable.

As Fox News reports: "The flag came under fire in 2016 when a Michigan chapter of the NAACP said the flag was being "appropriated by the so-called 'Patriot Movement' and other militia groups who are responding to America's increasing diversity with opposition and racial supremacy.'"

In order to play it safe, it may be wise to take down all flags having to do with America and America's history, lest any left-wing activist group find it offensive in the here and now or at some point in the future.

That said, gay pride flags are allowed.

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