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Hey mom, want to go the protest? Heck, yeah.

VSU Protest

VSU Protest

A few days ago a bunch of local Facebook posts shrieked that local protesters had stepped on the American flag! “Like” and “share” if you are outraged!

I need more information before being outraged, so I asked, “What was the protest about? People don’t step on the flag for nothing.” I got no answer to my question. The next day, I was surprised that several veterans (we have an Air Force base nearby) defended protesting and stepping on flags as part of what they fought for in the first place. One said, “The flag was the property of the protesters. They purchased it and the white girl had no right to take it.”

White girl? So besides the flag, this has something to do with race?

Today my daughter stopped by after class and asked, “Hey mom, want to go to a protest?” I also need more information before going to a protest. Here’s the deal: Mostly black students at the local university are doing a Black Lives Matter protest. They said, “If America hates us, why don’t they just say so?” Then they walked on the flag. At which point a pretty blonde veteran rescued the flag, because it’s sacred and all that.

Look at these dramatic elements! Pretty blonde veteran rescuing the red, white and blue from a bunch of black people. The press is all over it. But they are leaving out the opinions of the other veterans and the fact that the white girl was arrested not charged (and several black people were arrested AND charged.)

The press is also leaving out the pickup crew parked on the opposite side of the street waving the confederate and American flags and shouting racial slurs. A Hispanic student asked the protesters what was going on and they told him. He went across the street and asked them and they said, “Get out of here, you Spic.”

“Do the students know that if they stand there silently while the rednecks shout racist remarks, they are making their point?”

“So far. But a white guy attacked a protester.”

“They must not shout back! They must not swing back! Do they know that?”

“I don’t know, mom. Do you want to go tell them? Do you want to go to the protest?”

Heck yeah. As long as they let me carry my “All Lives Matter” sign.

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About Je' Czaja

Je' is a writer, artist, and stand up philosopher. She founded and directed two non-profit organizations for disadvantaged children and their families, served as a missionary for three years and is the author of several books. https://www.smashwords.com/interview/jeczaja Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00IU4RWKE

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