A few weeks ago the Radical Left found its Emmanuel Goldstein of the week in the Gadsen flag when this story emerged, via The American Thinker’s Rick Moran:
According to Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor who runs the “Volokh Conspiracy” blog at The Washington Post, the EEOC ruled two months ago that it will need to collect more evidence in a case filed in Jan. 2014 by an African American federal employee who complained about his coworker wearing a hat with the Gadsden flag printed on it.
Before we go any further let’s pause for a moment and point out where this could have stopped in a sensible, adult fashion. Why is this complaint going to the EEOC? This should have ended with the offended employee talking to his boss about wearing any political gear in the workplace. Or maybe his coworker? The job is exactly that – your job, and you shouldn’t be rocking any kind of gear that will hurt you and your colleagues’ ability to work together and get the job done. My customer (a federal government agency) has issued numerous advisories against wearing/displaying any kind of political messaging, and good for them. Personally, I have a small Gadsen pin on my backpack that I’m carrying to my office at the start or end of my work day. On the rare occasion that I have my backpack when I’m at the customers’ site when I put my backpack down I’ll turn the side with the pin toward the wall, lest I alienate any coworkers. Of course, turning the Gadsen pin side to the wall leaves my larger steel pin of the Slayer Eagle with the band’s pentagram logo in the middle exposed…
I’m old enough to remember when this would be considered highly offensive…
(2009): According to anti-Tea Party commentators, a historical indicator of white resentment against blacks.
(2013): According to the mayor and the city council of New Rochelle, New York, a symbol so “offensive,” so drenched with “right-wing connotations,” that it must immediately be taken down from the New Rochelle Armory.
(February 2014): According to David Tinney, vice president of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, the equivalent of the Confederate flag, and therefore reason to (successfully) agitate to remove it from a New Haven fire department’s flagpole.
It’s pretty short, so take a minute to read the whole thing.
Back to Moran’s piece, he breaks down the “reasoning” behind the complaint:
The complainant said that the Gadsden flag, which was designed during the Revolutionary War in 1775 and has become popular with the Tea Party movement, is racist because its designer, Christopher Gadsden, was “a slave trader & owner of slaves.”
Yes, that’s the best they have. There’s too much stupid in that comment to break down – you’re either nodding your head in agreement or spitting your beverage of choice on your screen at that kind of idiocy.
And when the Radical Left laments the demise of civility in our political discourse they say it without the slightest bit of self awareness.
On a personal note, you might have noticed I haven’t posted in a while. I hope you haven’t missed me too much, and judging by the lack of feedback you haven’t! Things have been crazy in Bobville on many fronts, but I should be back for the haul now. Look for a new post tomorrow weighing in on the start of the new NFL season and the latest controversy…
Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog
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