Why Black American Flags Are Flying at Homes Across America, and What Does It Mean to You?
Disclaimer: This is not a representation of the flag mentioned in this article due to copyright infringement.
Have you seen a similar flag on your neighbor’s property, black with black embroidered stars? I hope not, but chances are if you haven’t, you soon will, depending on where you live. We know them as Trumpers, bigots, white supremacists, conspiracy theorists, Qanon followers, and racists. They call themselves Patriots.
Although this sounds like something for the history books, this dangerous flag is gaining popularity in the United States in 2021. Please do not disregard this insidious example of hate and contempt for our democracy and those who support it.
What a black American flag represents.
Historically the first black flag was known to be used by the Confederate soldiers during the civil war. Opposite the white flag of surrender, it means “no quarter shall be given.” Today we know this as “there will be no surrender, the enemy is to be killed, and they will fight to the death.
In our neighborhoods
The other day I was driving down a street in rural Ohio when I saw a black American flag flying proudly from a flag pole. I was confused for a moment. But I quickly discovered the type of person behind the display. Hanging on the porch was a Trump flag ad a f%$# Biden sign.
I went home and did some research. It didn’t take long to find the history and current ads showing it for sale. It was across the internet, TikTok, and surprise on Parler.
Now I know many of us hoped with the end of the Trump White House, the divide over left and right in this country would somewhat dissipate. We recognized it would be challenging, but I don’t think any of us thought for even a moment that the election would still be in question for so many Americans almost a year later. While we on the left breathed a sigh of relief last November, others were gearing up for a fight.