We like to think we’re on the cutting edge of ridiculous racism accusations (see Elementary School Calls Police Over… Brownies Being ‘Racist’? and Around Trans-Penises To “Racist.”), but wearing the “Don’t Tread on Me” insignia being punishable racial harassment? That caught us off guard. You know, because it’s a rattle snake. It’s symbolism.
The reason for the “racism” claim will both shock and awe you. May also instill a desire to harm yourself. Resist. Just read and we’ll help you through the crazy.
Complainant stated that he found the cap to be racially offensive to African Americans because the flag was designed by Christopher Gadsden, a “slave trader & owner of slaves.” Complainant also alleged that he complained about the cap to management; however, although management assured him C1 would be told not to wear the cap, C1 continued to come to work wearing the offensive cap. Additionally, Complainant alleged that on September 2, 2013, a coworker took a picture of him on the work room floor without his consent. In a decision dated January 29, 2014, the Agency dismissed Complainant’s complaint on the basis it failed to state a claim . . . .
Complainant maintains that the Gadsden Flag is a “historical indicator of white resentment against blacks stemming largely from the Tea Party.” He notes that the Vice President of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters cited the Gadsden Flag as the equivalent of the Confederate Battle Flag when he successfully had it removed from a New Haven, Connecticut fire department flagpole.
I see. So, out of curiosity, what about wearing a picture of the US Capitol or the White House? Washington DC was built by slaves. So you know, people who see pictures of it may feel bad because it makes them think of slave owners owning slaves. And using those slaves to build the pretty white buildings. Therefore if we use the “logic” of the above argument, we must tear down many of our historical buildings. Because they’re triggering or something.
Reminder, Complainant above has never been a slave. His parents were not slaves. His grandparents were not slaves. His children will not be slaves. To therefore get triggered about a historical fact of which he was never personally a part of, is, well… borderline functionally retarded.
It also signifies how we, as a society, are spending far too much time getting offended at stupid things. My advice to these people, and all easily triggered nitwits, is to find something heavy. Pick it up. Put it back down. Repeat until tired. OR, if weights aren’t really your thing, find a hill. Run up it. Walk back down. Repeat until tired. Y’all getting triggered over historical facts, chalk signs, or even opinion columns which may not even apply to you (read Dear Unemployed Millennials: Enough Pokemon GO Already. Go Get a Job…) is significant to just how much emotional time you have on your hands. It’s too darn much. And yes, if you got all hurty over the above paragraph mentioning the word “retard” followed by that GIF? I hate to break it to you, you also have too much emotional time on your hands.
Also, flags aren’t racist. They’re flags, for crying out loud.
But what about these 27 other things…