The POW/MIA flag is a symbol of racism, Newsweek writer Rick Perlstein claims. The prisoner of war and missing in action flag comments made by the writer in his "It's Time To Haul Down Another Flag Of Racist Hate" article, quickly sparked backlash and went viral.
Rick Perlstein's POW/MIA flag racism claims include statements allegedly that the emphasis placed on searching for Vietnam War prisoners and those missing in action was merely an attempt to deflect attention away from war crimes and deceptions.
"That d****d flag: It's a shroud. It smothers the complexity, the reality, of what really happened in Vietnam," the Newsweek writer said. "It memorializes Americans as the preeminent victims of the Vietnam War, a notion seared into the nation's visual unconscious by the Oscar-nominated 1978 film The Deer Hunter."