Did you see the story about the 12-year-old boy who was kicked out of class after a teacher associated his Gadsden flag patch (the “Don't Tread on Me” flag) with the Confederate flag and the slave trade? Unfortunately for the Colorado Springs Vanguard school in the Harrison School District, the Don't Tread on Me Gadsden flag has nothing to do with slavery and their response to the student was completely out of line.
While the error in judgement was embarrassing for the school district and administrators, it highlights an important point in modern American life: it seems that liberals everywhere are on the hunt for “racism” so they can serve up social justice to validate themselves. This is just the latest instance of white liberals trying to police their peers without being informed on what actually constitutes racism.
While the origins of the Gadsden flag are deeply rooted in American history, it's not the history that would fit the racism agenda of modern liberals. The true history of the flag traces back to Christopher Gadsden of South Carolina, a patriot and statesman in the period before the American Revolution. It can also be tied to one of our most treasured Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin. So ask yourselves why liberals seem so determined to find racism where none exists, and then consider what they're actually trying to achieve by calling it out when they “see it”. Are they really trying to erradicate racism in America, or are they just trying to make themselves feel better?
To learn more about this ongoing story from Colorado, read this article from Human Events. An excerpt of the article can be found below:
A 12-year-old boy was kicked out of class after a teacher associated his “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsden patch with the slave trade.
When a Colorado student named Jaiden at Vanguard school showed up for classes, he was told he’d have to remove his backpack with the Gadsden flag on it due to it being disruptive because of its historical ties to “slavery and the slave trade.”
That would be news to some of us who fly it proudly on our shirts, mugs, and hats we wear nearly every day.