A group of student protesters at Valdosta State University were denouncing racism on campus and allegedly stepping on a U.S. flag, when a woman decided she did not like what they were doing. Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran, took the flag away from them and would not let go, even when cops intervened.
This eventually led to her being detained, as can be seen in the below video. But, it took an awfully long time for even that to happen. It even took four officers to subdue her. Some of the students noticed this preferential treatment, but eventually police had no choice but to take her to the cruiser since she absolutely would not comply with their requests to “let go of the flag.”
Since being posted online, conservatives everywhere are going bonkers that police decided to detain her – instead of arresting the “black kids” for harming the national flag. Apparently, Republicans think it’s okay to disregard police authority, so long as you’re white, and it’s done in the name of God and country, let alone against a bunch of “no-good blacks” protesting with a “torn flag.”
In fact, while it was reported that they were stepping on it, the video only shows Mrs. Manhart complaining of the flag being torn. When she is told it’s not her property, she asserts:
This flag actually belongs to the entire United States.
The Supreme Court has already ruled on this. This is protected speech under the First Amendment. Congress has tried for years to get a constitutional amendment passed in order to override the Supreme Court but has failed time and time again.
Still, Mrs. Manhart didn’t see things this way.
If your cause is racism then find some white people and walk on them. But, to walk on the flag is walking on our symbol of freedom. You have the freedom to do what you are doing because of it. I’m not fighting against them. I’m fighting against the way they are going about it.
She and her conservative supporters just don’t understand. Yes, it is a symbol of our freedom, but it is precisely this freedom that enables them to use their flag and protest in the way they see fit. You tried to rob them of this.
Turns out, while Mrs. Manhart was initially detained, the police did not press charges. Go figure.
Conservatives just can’t believe a white woman wasn’t allowed to take someone else’s property:
H/T: Reformed Media | Featured Image: You Tube screen capture