Angry conservatives still smarting from the national movement against the Confederate flag are mounting an online campaign to ban the LGBT pride flag after Wednesday’s murder of two Virginia TV journalists.
They argue that because disgruntled employee turned murderer Vester Lee Flanagan was gay, the rainbow flag is now a symbol of hate, so it must be banned like the Confederate flag has been banned from most public and government property.
In a world devoid of history or logic, the proposition could make a certain kind of sense. After years of simmering quietly, the movement to ban the Confederate flag boiled over when white shooter Dylann Roof killed 9 parishioners at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this summer.
Roof took many photos of himself brandishing weapons and symbols of white supremacy, including the battle flag of the secessionist slave states. The Confederate flag was deliberately coopted by anti-integration southerners in the 1960s as a white supremacist banner.
If one takes into account the staggering amount of violence that has been meted out on black bodies in the name of the values that flag represents, however, then weighs it against one deranged shooter who belonged to no organized movement, the nascent #TakeItDown movement among conservatives seems pretty much like the petty grudge-mongering tantrum that it is.
Let’s start with perennial self-declared victim Ben Shapiro:
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 27, 2015
The moaning quickly spread:
— Tim Kenney (@tkenney01) August 27, 2015
— Drooling Joe (@47ChromosomeJoe) August 26, 2015
So, since the Va. shooter was a racist, black, GAY man, should whites get together and start crying about the rainbow flag? #Takeitdown.
— Dirk Diggler (@drewinhawaii) August 27, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
— Pat Johnson (@_PatJohnson_) August 27, 2015
— Native Czar (@RBeus) August 27, 2015
— Rear Admiral Gate (@RearAdmiralGate) August 27, 2015