A group that pretends disarming the New York’s police would somehow make the city safer is planning to burn American flags in a city park Wednesday as the nation prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July.
The group, “Disarm NYPD,” said via Facebook that while all the attention has been on removing the Confederate battle flag from the public square, it was the United States that upheld slavery and oppression. “We maintain, unwaveringly, that both the Confederate flag, and the American flag are symbols of oppression,” the post states.
The group called Charleston massacre gunman Dylann Roof “a product of a consistent pattern of state-sponsored terrorism and radicalized dehumanization in America.”
“We cannot ignore the roots of Dylan [sic] Roof’s savagery in America’s long history of institutionalized racism and murderous violence against black people. The Confederate flag, which Dylan [sic] Roof proudly displayed, is a lasting symbol of slavery, segregation, and the racist exploitation that still dominates our society,” the group wrote. “There will be no peace until we tear down this system of oppression. It isn’t enough to take the flag down; we must put an end to white supremacy once and for all.”
“We will set fire to this symbol of oppression – the American flags – and march to honor our brothers and sisters who have fallen in the long struggle for freedom,” it added.
After the event attracted the attention of the media, the group issued another — stomach-turning — statement doubling down on its position and explaining that it wants to tear down the United States and build a new nation.
We find it a sign of the times that people can care so much about a piece of cloth, while at the same time be so quiet about black churches being burned all over the country. Perhaps this is the great difference between us and the so-called “patriots”. While they express their loyalty to symbols, we express our loyalty to the lives of the oppressed.
We do not believe the ideals of America are anything to be revered. We are building something that will be much better than America. While the so-called patriots yell that we should just leave, we instead choose to dream. We dream of what real freedom looks like: freedom from paramilitaries occupying our communities, beating and killing our sons and daughters; freedom from our communities being destroyed by the speculative capital of gentrification; freedom from mass surveillance; and freedom from systemic racism.
So, we will burn the American flag, a symbol of oppression and genocide, and in the same action, dismantle our stunted, cynical expectations of what is possible in the world. The current trajectory of history is unsustainable. It is completely unrealistic to desire things stay as they are, and more unrealistic, even abominable, to desire to “go back to our roots”. We, the dreamers, are the true realists. We know things can’t continue this way, so we commit to building a better world. A world better than America.
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