Nebraska Lawmaker Compares American Flag to Swastika: “It’s a Rag”
On February 19, Nebraska Lawmaker, State Senator Ernie Chambers, made a statement that created a firestorm. He compared the American flag to the swastika, and called it a rag. It was a slap in the face to every military service member – especially black Americans who served in every branch of the United States military.
“I don’t come here for this rag every day, and it’s a rag. That’s all it is to me. When you show a way to persuade Jews to sanctify and worship the swastika, when you show me that I’ll come up here and stand while you all hypocritically pretend that rag is something that it definitely is not.” Nebraska Lawmaker Senator Ernie Chambers
The comment came from a discussion on the floor of the Senate over Legislative Bill 399 – a bill that would require civics classes for high school students. Those classes would be designed to “ensure that youth are given to opportunity to become competent, responsible, patriotic, and civil citizens, to ensure a strong, stable, just, and prosperous America.”
State Senator Tom Brewer, who served over 30 years in the military, took exception to Chambers’ comment, according to 3NewsNow.
Fox Insider reported,
Fellow state Sen. Tom Brewer (R) had an emotional response to Chambers’ remarks as he introduced a different bill regarding military recruiters, sharing what the flag means to veterans and military families.
“I think I speak for most of us that have worn the uniform, it rips our heart out to hear someone say that they refer to the flag as a rag,” Brewer said. “Because for those of us that have brought home those that we’ve lost, it’s hard to ever refer to the flag as a rag because you have to fold it and you have to get it to the parents, and that’s awful hard to do.”
The lawmaker who introduced the civics bill, state Sen. Julie Slama, also criticized Chambers.
“Sen. Chambers’ comments not only degrade a symbol of ultimate sacrifice for our nation, but they also minimize the horrors and millions of lives lost in the Holocaust,” Slama said.
Chambers is no stranger to controversy. In 2015, he compared police to ISIS. In 2007, he “sued God” over natural disasters. He introduced a series of amendments to LB399, to prevent the bill from presenting “one sided American history.” Nebraska lawmakers were working on obtaining enough votes to end Chambers’ filibuster.
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