The American flag wars aren’t going to stop with the Fourth of July around the corner. As previously reported via the Inquisitr, an anti-NYPD group created an American flag-burning event, which was scheduled to take place in New York City at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night (July 1).
The activists made plans to burn the American flag during a protest at the Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn. The group called Disarm NYPD said that they would burn both American and Confederate flags at the event, and then decided on just burning the American flag.
“We maintain unwaveringly, that both the Confederate flag, and the American flag are symbols of oppression.”
Over 350 people on Facebook said that they planned to attend the flag-burning event. According to a 1010 WINS report, only a half dozen people were spotted setting the American flag on fire. An opponent managed to pull the American flag out of the flames, and the activists ran out of the area, according to the report. Now, state officials are taking action.
State lawmakers previously asked the historic Brooklyn park to shut down the event before any latches were lighted on Wednesday night, but it looks like it didn’t happen that way. Although burning the American flag isn’t illegal, the group still doesn’t have permits to host the event, according to State Sen. Marty Golden.
“If the city allows the American flag to be burned in Fort Greene Park it will truly insult all those who have fought to defend our freedoms, our rights and our liberties. The flag of our country flies proudly throughout the world, on the moon and surely on the streets of Brooklyn.”
There’s another American flag protest in Mesa, Arizona. Police are looking for the thief who stole a flag outside a person’s home. The Mesa Police Department used Facebook to share footage of a surveillance video from the reported victim, but the crime occurred almost two months ago.
“Surveillance footage shows the thief driving a white Pontiac Aztek past the home in the 4100 block of East Crescent Avenue twice before parking, running to steal the flag and driving off. Anyone with information about the flag thief is asked to contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.”
Meanwhile, it looks like the American flag has become the unofficial accessory of the American bro, according to Boston.com contributor Charlotte Wilder. According to the writer, these “bros” have been spotted wearing the American flag on T-Shirts, boxers, and other varieties of clothing.
Don’t know what a “bro” is? NPR explained the term a few years ago.
“Over the past decade or so, though, ‘bro’ has evolved into a shorthand for a specific kind of fratty masculinity. Baseball cap with the frayed brim (possibly backward), sky-blue oxford shirt or sports team shirt, cargo shorts, maybe some mandals or boat shoes. Y’all know who we mean. These cats right here.”
These days, 20-something men wear American flag clothing and accessories to show their true patriotism and to express their manhood. Not only is American flag apparel popular around the Fourth of July, but it’s become popular all year long as well, according to Vineyard Vines CEO Ian Murray.
“Our clothing and accessories that feature the American flag are always among our most popular seasonal products. We do see sales increase around the 4th of July. but we have also noticed that our customers are excited about patriotic products year round.”
It’s not only bros that are showing their patriotism. Facebook and Twitter users have been fighting for their freedom and conservative values by changing their profile photo into the American flag avatar. It has brought American flag wars to a whole new level, just in time for the patriotic holiday to arrive.
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