NYC Activists to Set Fire to Old Glory, 'a Symbol of Oppression & Genocide'
New York activists are planning to burn American flags this evening, claiming that Old Glory is “a symbol of oppression and genocide.”
Disarm NYPD, a group which seeks to rid the police force of its firearms, plans to meet at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Fort Greene Park.
The group wrote on Facebook that both the Confederate and American flags are “symbols of oppression,” arguing that the Confederacy only lasted four years, but that the United States of America upheld Jim Crow, segregation and expansion of the prison industrial complex.
We find it a sign of the times that people can care so much about a piece of cloth, while at the same time be so quiet about black churches being burned all over the country. Perhaps this is the great difference between us and the so-called "patriots". While they express their loyalty to symbols, we express our loyalty to the lives of the oppressed.
We do not believe the ideals of America are anything to be revered. We are building something that will be much better than America. While the so-called patriots yell that we should just leave, we instead choose to dream. We dream of what real freedom looks like: freedom from paramilitaries occupying our communities, beating and killing our sons and daughters; freedom from our communities being destroyed by the speculative capital of gentrification; freedom from mass surveillance; and freedom from systemic racism.
Open fires are not permitted on park property, although burning the flag is legal, the Post reported.
Keith Ablow said on “Fox and Friends” this morning that “these folks have been led down the wrong path by a president, a former attorney general, and a mayor of New York City who encourage people to hate others.”