More reaction is coming in to the story of Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling that the historic Revolutionary War era Gadsden Flag is a “racist” attack on African-Americans.
The agency is saying wearing buttons, stickers or caps with the well-known “Don’t Tread On Me” banner at work could result in fines because it might upset co-workers.
As reported earlier, a black employee at a private business who felt he was a “victim” of “racial harassment” because a co-worker wore a cap featuring the “Don’t Tread On Me” flag filed a complaint with the EEOC demanding the flag be banned from the workplace.
So far the EEOC has essentially agreed with the employee that the flag is racist. But this decision was made after the EEOC admitted the flag had no racist intent originally.
In its ruling, the EEOC wrote, “After a thorough review of the record, it is clear that the Gadsden Flag originated in the Revolutionary War 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, guns rights activism, patriotic displays, and by the military.”
And yet, the EEOC ignored its own findings and said the employee may be right in suggesting the flag is racist.
“However, whatever the historic origins and meaning of the symbol, it also has since been sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages in some contexts,” the EEOC added.
The EEOC has not made a final ruling, saying only the particular case will be fully investigated for a later final decision. But the fact that it contradicted itself in its own ruling to land on a politically correct decision is telling about where it will all likely end up.
The preliminary decision has caused much outrage.
A columnist for the Amarillo Globe-News, for instance, ridiculed the ruling saying, “Evidently, the federal government, facing the ever-existent threat of terrorism and a national debt of some $19 trillion, does not have enough to do.”
At American Thinker, Rick Moran scoffed at the decision and then joked, “We now await with great anticipation the EEOC banning ‘Black Lives Matter’ clothing for its barely concealed advocacy for violence against police and because it ‘conveys racially-tinged messages in some contexts.'”
Folks on Twitter were outraged, too, with Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., leading the pack. Clarke had it exactly right on Twitter, saying we must not bow to this destruction of our history:
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) August 5, 2016
But others were just as incensed:
— Dave (@Grumpy_Hoosier) August 5, 2016
— BeeLaxDad (@BeeLaxDad) August 5, 2016
@Mediaite WTF? Is it possible to have a federal job and to be a decent person?
— Captain Hook (@captainhook1961) August 4, 2016
One black man even noted that he loves the “Don’t Tread On Me” flag and wears it all the time:
— Brian (@BL_Bledsoe) August 4, 2016
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