In 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.