That’s how I’d title the story. But that’s just me.
Here’s how those on the left are characterizing it:
An absolutely insane woman won the hearts of conservatives after video was posted of her attempting to steal an American flag from a group of African-American protesters. Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran, former Playboy model, and violent psychopath, was filmed attempting to run off with a flag being used at an anti-white privilege protest at Valdosta State University.
The flag in question was on the ground, and was being walked on — a crude expression of demonstrators’ angst, but an act that was entirely within their rights as American citizens. As right-wingers love the flag (They don’t understand what it represents, but they certainly think it’s pretty), Manhart would not stand for these American citizens exercising their rights. So, she decided to do what any good “Christian” would — she ran up and stole the flag.
A group of student protesters at Valdosta State University were denouncing racism on campus and allegedly stepping on a U.S. flag, when a woman decided she did not like what they were doing. Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran, took the flag away from them and would not let go, even when cops intervened.
This eventually led to her being detained, as can be seen in the below video. But, it took an awfully long time for even that to happen. It even took four officers to subdue her. Some of the students noticed this preferential treatment, but eventually police had no choice but to take her to the cruiser since she absolutely would not comply with their requests to “let go of the flag.”
Since being posted online, conservatives everywhere are going bonkers that police decided to detain her – instead of arresting the “black kids” for harming the national flag. Apparently, Republicans think it’s okay to disregard police authority, so long as you’re white, and it’s done in the name of God and country, let alone against a bunch of “no-good blacks” protesting with a “torn flag.”
I can understand a military veteran being upset about this protest. I can understand that in the passion of the moment she got carried away and decided to “defend the flag.” I certainly respect the professionalism the police displayed in attempting to calm her and the demonstrators down and have her return the flag to its rightful owners. I do wonder, though, what would have happened had she not been a middle-aged white woman, but someone of color who behaved in this fashion. Theft is a crime. And, clearly she resisted arrest. Yet in the end, she is nor prosecuted or charged with those crimes.
By the way, the right wing media are going crazy over this story.
You can watch the video clip on Michelle Manhart’s FB.
I do not get this media-driven if-it-bleeds-it-leads perception-pushing that it is “open season” on blacks by law enforcement (I guess I’d have to be black). Or this apples to cucumber comparison between Manhart’s encounter with law enforcement and how they treated her with how some other law enforcement officers in other agencies handled (or mishandled) entirely different scenarios and players. The perception or misperception is this: Manhart was treated differently by law enforcement because she is white. If she had been black, the assumption is insinuated, she would have been dealt with much more harshly.
Call me another “right wing crazy”, but my sympathies align with Manhart; and not with those America-hating protesters.
On this Monday, 5 days shy of 39 years ago: