BLM chapter triggers 'relentless' backlash after calling American flag 'symbol of hatred': 'The person flying it is a racist

CHRIS ENLOE July 10, 2021

A Black Lives Matter chapter triggered "relentless" backlash this week after declaring the American flag is "a symbol of hatred" and that patriotic displays of Old Glory are reserved for racists only.
What are the details?
To celebrate Independence Day, the Utah chapter of Black Lives Matter disparaged the American flag and patriotic Americans.

"When we Black Americans see this flag we know the person flying it is not safe to be around. When we see this flag we know the person flying it is a racist," the group said on Facebook.

"When we see this flag we know that the person flying it lives in a different America than we do. When we see this flag, we question your intelligence. We know to avoid you. It is a symbol of hatred," the message continued.

Along with the anti-America message, the group linked to a Google Drive account that contained hate-filled messages directed at Black Lives Matter.
When we Black Americans see this flag we know the person flying it is not safe to be around. When we see this flag we know the person flying it is a racist. When we see this flag we know that the person flying it lives in a different America than we do. When we see this flag, we question your intelligence. We know to avoid you. It is a symbol of hatred.

Enjoy this fun compilation of racism, hate and death threats given to Black Lives Matter Utah from flag waving Americans.

What was the reaction?
The controversial post triggered "swift and relentless" backlash, according to Deseret News. Even Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) responded to the inflammatory post.

"Our flag represents the greatest country in the history of the world. It stands for freedom and opportunity for all," Cox told Deseret News. "It has stood the test of time as a beacon to the free and oppressed and too many lives have been lost to preserve that symbol and all its stands for. I refuse to let any white supremacy or Black Lives Matter groups change that."

Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), meanwhile, called BLM's post "disgusting, more divisive, and flat out wrong." The Utah Republican Party also hit back in a statement.
"Utahns should never tolerate SHAMEFUL and DIVISIVE rhetoric like this. The American flag is a symbol of freedom, opportunity and equality to the world, NOT a symbol of racism!" the party said on Facebook.

How did BLM Utah respond?
Despite the backlash, the group's leader, Lex Scott, refused to back down from criticism of the American flag, continuing to associate it with racism.

"We see the Ku Klux Klan carrying the flag. We see the Proud Boys carrying the flag. ... We see the insurrectionists carrying the flag," Scott said. "We see all of these people carrying the flag during their hate protests, and the world never erupts in anger. They never show outrage when these groups do this."

"When you use the flag as a hate symbol, we are going to tell you it's a hate symbol," Scott added. "I don't know how someone can watch the Ku Klux Klan fly a flag and then fly the same flag and not believe the same things unless we see outrage. And we don't see outrage."

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Tennessee town says profane anti-Biden flag is protected by Constitution

The small-town mayor of Munford, Tennessee, says he is powerless to order a local resident to take down a flag with a profane message about President Joe Biden and his supporters.
The flag, which hangs on the resident's private property, states, "F*** Biden and f*** you for voting for him."

According to WREG-TV, Mayor Dwayne Cole says he's received several complaints about the flag over the past month from residents who found it offensive. The mayor had the city attorney look into the matter and the city found that the homeowner had a constitutional right to fly the flag on his property.

"It's vile. It's vulgar. It's protected speech under the Constitution," Cole said. "If I had the authority to make him take it down, I would definitely do that."

A city ordinance regulating certain campaign yard signs does not apply in this case, the mayor said, because the resident is flying the political flag on his porch.

Cole said he met with the homeowner about the flag, who has no intention of taking it down.

"That's where we stand," the mayor said.

The homeowner also owns a pro-Trump flag with profanity on it. But like the Biden flag, city officials told WREG the flag is constitutionally protected speech.

Jay DeWitt, a resident of the neighborhood, said that while he doesn't have a problem with the flag's political message, he does wish his children weren't exposed to the profanity.

"If it said (expletive) Trump I would have the same problem," he said. "I have children. I have two children. We have a lot of children in that community. The kids can see it."

Profane anti-Biden flags have caused controversy in several communities.

A New Jersey woman faces a $500 a day fine from the town of Roselle Park for refusing to take down a flag that reads "F*** Biden" on her property near an elementary school.

"We have an ordinance on the books that prohibits sexually profane things and anything that is profane in nature. Nine times out of 10 it would be slightly less of an issue if it wasn't right by a school but it's literally a block away from an elementary school," Roselle Park Mayor Joe Signorello told a local radio station in June.

"Freedom of speech when it comes to politics obviously totally in bounds. The issue comes when using profane sexual language especially near an elementary school. All we're asking is for her to comply and take those down," Signorello added. "She can put up all the pro-Trump signs she wants as long they're not sexual and vulgar in nature."

Complaints against anti-Biden flags with vulgar messages have been lodged in several other cities, including Erie, Pennsylvania; Hazlet, New Jersey; Fairfield, Ohio; and Jackson, Michigan.

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Is no one going to mention how confusing and out of it Biden was?

5:16 PM · Jun 23, 2021

President Biden’s topic was one of utmost importance Wednesday — crime and gun violence. But you wouldn’t know it from the way he spoke.

He slurred his words. He called the ATF “the AFT.” At one point, he talked about the history of the Second Amendment and “the blood of patriots” before concluding that someone would need nuclear weapons to take down the government. If you weren’t confused, you were horrified.

Biden was obviously tired, speaking in barely a monotone. He couldn’t pronounce “cognitive.”

The media would pick apart every appearance of President Trump, saying, even in news stories, that he was “manic,” “exhausted” or some other adjective. Yet a protective circle has formed around Biden, preventing them from stating the obvious: Joe Biden, 78, looked out of it.
Maybe Biden was having an off day. But he’s had a number of them. And his team keeps hustling him off stage as the media shouts after him, making you wonder why they keep preventing him from answering questions.
The American people will decide if the president has the energy or sharpness to lead us. But let’s stop acting like we’re not allowed to mention it.


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White people charged 'reparations fee' to attend Pride event since it's for 'black and brown' trans, gay community — and city officials support it

White people will be charged a "reparations fee" to participate in a Seattle gay pride event since it's focused on "black and brown" members of the "trans and queer" community — and the city council president and local Human Rights Commission support the fee, Jason Rantz reported in a piece for KTTH-AM.

TAKING B[L]ACK PRIDE organizers said all are welcome to attend Saturday's event — but noted that "white allies and accomplices" must fork over a "reparations fee" of between $10 to $50.

"All are free to attend HOWEVER this is a BLACK AND BROWN QUEER TRANS CENTERED, PRIORITIZED, VALUED, EVENT," a notification from the Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network reads. "The safety of Black and Brown Trans and Queer folks is PARAMOUNT, and we will make sure the safety of our community is prioritized at all times. White allies and accomplices are welcome to attend but will be charged a $10 to $50 reparations fee (and given a wrist band as proof of payment) that will be used to keep this event free of cost for BLACK AND BROWN Trans and Queer COMMUNITY but to also ensure that performers can be paid well."

Rantz added that the "reparations fee" will be charged based on one's ability to pay. In addition, he wrote that since the event is being held in Jimi Hendrix Park, which the city owns, there are questions concerning the legality of the fee.

According to Rantz, Seattle Parks and Recreation "explicitly prohibits racial discrimination in their parks. And it applies to event organizers using the park, with or without a permit."

PS You are proud to be american.  The end of America is very near  


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Fiery protests erupt in Minneapolis for third night after man was killed in police shooting: 'Time for the police to get killed'

For the third straight night, protests erupted in Minneapolis as demonstrators reacted to the shooting death of a man by law enforcement that happened on Thursday afternoon.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force attempted to arrest Winston Boogie Smith, who was wanted on a state arrest warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm. When law enforcement tried to take Smith into custody on the top level of a parking ramp in the Uptown neighborhood, he allegedly "produced a handgun" and fired shots from inside his vehicle at the officers, according to officials. U.S. Marshals returned fire and struck Smith, 32, who was pronounced dead at the scene. A 27-year-old female passenger in the vehicle was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of glass injuries sustained during the shooting and released.
"Evidence at the scene indicates that the man fired his weapon from inside the vehicle. BCA crime scene personnel recovered a handgun as well as spent cartridge cases from inside the driver's compartment," the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement.
There is no footage of the fatal shooting because the U.S Marshal Service does not allow the use of body cameras for officers serving on its North Star Fugitive Task Force.
Smith was wanted in neighboring Ramsey County for failing to appear for a sentencing hearing scheduled for May 19 after he pleaded guilty to felony firearm possession, court records show.

Smith was convicted of felony aggravated robbery in 2017 and was on probation, which meant he was prohibited from possessing a firearm. "If he had been nabbed with a firearm by cops Thursday, he could have sent back to prison," according to the New York Post.

Following George Floyd's death, Smith allegedly made life-threatening posts towards police and called for a "war" against law enforcement.

"We got guns and bullet proof vest too or should be able to get em… why not just rush these f***s and start this war they keep asking for!" Smith reportedly wrote on Facebook.

"F*** justice anyway b**** justice is an eye for eye u kill one of mine we need one of yours that's justice! Right or wrong f*** being right cuz they keep doing us wrong," he allegedly posted on social media. "I'm down with the burn everything government not touch s*** else I don't even need to loot I'll buy my s*** just kill them dirty ass cops off we tired of being scared at the red light!"

Protesters took to the streets on Thursday night to demand "justice" in the shooting death of Winston Boogie Smith. Protesters barricaded streets and set fires. The demonstrations escalated at times on Thursday night with storefront glass being destroyed, and there was looting at a T-Mobile store and CVS pharmacy.
A protester celebrated the attack on a Minneapolis police precinct from last summer, "When your precinct burned, America rejoiced. People celebrated seeing your comrades run for their lives!"
There was graffiti on an L.A. Fitness gym that reads: "No trial for us, no trial for them. MPLS still hates cops. Kill cops."

One video features a demonstrator making death threats to police officers.

"It's time for the police to get killed," a man is heard screaming. "One of y'all is gonna die this week."

"I'mma shoot your kids before I shoot y'all, and make you watch," the man yelled at the police. "Y'all better call the National Guard because guess what – y'all gonna need help."

Then fireworks are launched at the police guarding a gas station.

(CAUTION: Explicit language):
On Saturday night, protesters marched through the city chanting anti-police slogans, "I smell b****es! Oink! Oink! Motherf*****!"

The crowd, some of which were flying "Black Lives Matter" flags, were heard chanting, "No good cops in a racist system!" Other chants ring through the streets of Minneapolis, "If Winston don't get it – burn it down! Who shut this down? We shut this down! Who keeps us safe? We keep us safe!"
There was also anti-cop graffiti posted on the street, which depicted police as pigs. Anti-police rhetoric such as "ACAB(All Cops Are Bastards)," F*** 12," "Cops = Terrorists," and "This will continue until the police are abolished." There was a tribute to Winston Smith and "Black Lives Matter" also written on the street.

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