Treading Water

gadsden-flagIn 21st century America, historic 18th century Revolutionary War flags are now deemed “racist.” Oh, and they apparently also create a hostile work environment.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which decides if something constitutes a “hostile work environment,” is looking into whether the ‘Don’t Tread on Me,’ or Gadsden, flag should be banned from government and private workplaces, Eugene Volokh writes.

Two months ago, the EEOC decided to investigate the matter after an African-American government employee filed a complaint to the agency about his co-worker, who repeatedly wore a hat bearing the flag.

The aggrieved employee said the hat was offensive because the flag on it was designed by Christopher Gadsden, a “slave trader & owner of slaves,” and that it’s a “historical indicator of white resentment against blacks stemming largely from the Tea Party.” (H/T – Jim F.)

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all owned slaves, so it is only a matter of time before their ideologies, words, and portraits are banned from existence.

5 thoughts on “Treading Water

  1. Just when I think things can’t get anymore absurd, there is this nonsense. I am to the point where if you are going to keep complaining about the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem, various flags that US citizens fly, then pack up and MOVE. Because trust me, you are fortunate you can complain and voice an opinion. Far too many countries and regimes don’t allow dissent of any kind without imprisonment or worse. Maybe spending some time under duress will help all these chronic “this offends me” types to get some perspective, grow up, shut the heck up and be thankful. (I do know that will never happen)


  2. FD – Yep.

    Metoo – Not just the Middle East, but some countries in Europe wouldn’t tolerate this nonsense. They’re free to go there to appreciate America.


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