The Gadsden Flag – is it “Racist?”

 In History, opinion, Politics

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is deciding whether the Gadsden Flag, one of America’s oldest Revolutionary War era flags is now “racist” in the workplace. And it’s because of the complaint of one black worker.

The thought process of one complainer

Here’s how it happened, according to Todd Starnes at Fox News:

In 2014, a black government worker filed a complaint alleging he had been discriminated against by a coworker who wore a ball cap that bore an insignia of the Gadsden Flag.

The aggrieved government snowflake “found the cap to be racially offensive to African Americans because the flag was designed by Christopher Gadsden.”

The EEOC report goes on to identify Gadsden as a “slave trader & owner of slaves.”

The overly-sensitive employee “maintains that the Gadsden Flag is a ‘historical indicator of white resentment against blacks stemming largely from the Tea Party.”

The EEOC conducted a “thorough review” and found there was no evidence that the flag was created in a non-racial context.

“Moreover, it is clear that the flag and its slogan have been used to express various non-racial sentiments, such as when it is used in the modern Tea Party political movement, gun rights activism, patriotic displays, and by the military,” the EEOC report states.

You can almost feel the “but” coming, can’t you, good readers?

“However, whatever the historic origins and meanings of the symbol, it also has since been sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages in some contexts,” they declared.

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The Gadsden Flag

The historic Gadsden Flag

The “Don’t Tread on me” flag was designed by Christopher Gadsden, an America Patriot during the Revolutionary war. Before someone in the BLM movement makes a stink over whether he owned slaves or was engaging in slave trade, let’s remind them of this:

He was lieutenant-governor of his state in 1780, when Charleston was surrendered to the British. For about three months following this event he was held as a prisoner on parole within the limits of Charleston; then, because of his influence in deterring others from exchanging their paroles for the privileges of British subjects, he was seized, taken to St Augustine, Florida, and there, because he would not give another parole to those who had violated the former agreement affecting him, he was confined for forty-two weeks in a dungeon. Encyclopedia Britannica

So much for his “white privilege.”

The Continental Marines

The Gadsden Flag was adopted by the Continental Marines for its motto, “Don’t Tread on Me.”  The Marines were created on November 20, 1775 and were the main security forces on board American ships.

The first Marines reportedly carried drums painted yellow, depicting a coiled rattlesnake with thirteen rattles, and the motto “Don’t Tread on Me.” The Timber rattler became a symbol of American defiance and strength.

The government’s perception

This administration is keen to use people’s “interpretations” instead of reality. To interpret the Gadsden Flag as “racist” is not just incorrect, it’s out of context with reality.

Starnes posed the question – “what if a worker shows up with collard greens and fried chicken in his lunch pail?” Is that “racist?”

Or Watermelon? Is that racist too?

Let’s not continually throw our history away.


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