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COLGATE4

(14,783 posts)
Tue Mar 10, 2020, 09:41 AM Mar 2020

Stupid question

I try and keep up with political trends, with particular interest on what our 'friends' in RW La La land are doing but I have to admit something I saw yesterday has me stumped:

Driving in the Tampa Bay area I was passed by the usual Billy Bob in his coal-rolling, no muffler pickup. Nothing particularly special about that here in central Florida. But what has me puzzled is a huge flag he was flying from the tailgate. It was the American flag but all red removed and instead some black and some blue stripes.

Will someone be kind enough to put me out of my misery and explain the "significance" of this flag?

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Stupid question (Original Post) COLGATE4 Mar 2020 OP
my firefighter neighbor has one out front of his house (Tampa) HAB911 Mar 2020 #1
Thanks. COLGATE4 Mar 2020 #4
People with that one hate the US and so they desecrate its flag jberryhill Mar 2020 #2
That was my initial assumption, but it appears COLGATE4 Mar 2020 #7
It's still flag desecration jberryhill Mar 2020 #9
Law enforcement Watchfoxheadexplodes Mar 2020 #3
they are supposed to represent support for different groups.... getagrip_already Mar 2020 #5
Around me it means: We Back the Badge LakeArenal Mar 2020 #6
this mercuryblues Mar 2020 #10
That seems right. CaptYossarian Mar 2020 #11
Thanks to all who explained the meaning of COLGATE4 Mar 2020 #8

HAB911

(9,119 posts)
1. my firefighter neighbor has one out front of his house (Tampa)
Tue Mar 10, 2020, 09:43 AM
Mar 2020

"The Meaning of the Thin Blue Line Flag: The Blue represents the officer and the courage they find deep inside when faced with unbelievable odds. The Black background was designed as a constant reminder of our fallen brother and sister officers. ... Honor our Men and Women of Law Enforcement with this Thin Blue Line Flag."

 

jberryhill

(62,444 posts)
2. People with that one hate the US and so they desecrate its flag
Tue Mar 10, 2020, 09:45 AM
Mar 2020

I usually assume they are from Bretagne....



But then a closer look reveals that they are too fucking stupid to realize they basically copied a flag from a region of France.

COLGATE4

(14,783 posts)
7. That was my initial assumption, but it appears
Tue Mar 10, 2020, 09:47 AM
Mar 2020

that even a blind pig can find a nut from time to time. I'n told it's to honor fallen Police or First Responders.

 

jberryhill

(62,444 posts)
9. It's still flag desecration
Tue Mar 10, 2020, 09:49 AM
Mar 2020

Altering the US flag to suit one's purpose or agenda is inappropriate among persons who respect the flag.

If they don't respect the flag, that's fine, it's a free country. But that doesn't change what they have done - i.e. to alter the flag to suit something to which they claim a greater allegiance.

As noted below, it is basically a racist sign, and you will usually see it among collections including the Gadsden flag and the Confederate battle flag.

getagrip_already

(15,748 posts)
5. they are supposed to represent support for different groups....
Tue Mar 10, 2020, 09:46 AM
Mar 2020

blue I believe is support for law enforcement and first responders.

CaptYossarian

(6,448 posts)
11. That seems right.
Tue Mar 10, 2020, 10:23 AM
Mar 2020

I saw a "Back the Badge" sign on a truck in a July 4rh parade with signs for all the GOP candidates for 2018. I told my wife it was a racist group and she took the sign down when we got home.

Her father, brother, and mother all worked in law enforcement and we were naïve to think it was something innocent.

COLGATE4

(14,783 posts)
8. Thanks to all who explained the meaning of
Tue Mar 10, 2020, 09:48 AM
Mar 2020

this flag. Another example of "never too old to learn something:.

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