It was a hot, smoky day in the city wherein a group calling itself DisarmNYPD organized a flag burning. The event was publicized on a website bearing the traditional red-white-&-black colors of the branded #Occupy Movement, fronted by the faces of dead black males, and spouting some demonstrable bullshit about a “new political vision.”
There was actually nothing new at all in protesting, the act of flag-burning, or the representatives of the organization. For in the crowd of so-called activists there were few black faces. Instead, there were mostly white, young males with trademark bandannas around their necks or covering their faces.
Nevertheless, the group would not be distracted from its task, which was to be a literal walking cliché, full of stale venom and Jane Fonda-esque indignation, as they fled to a corner of the park to set up the port-a-grill. They were, of course, chased by the counter protesters and–get this–the police, who were sent to protect them. The irony!
As it turns out, they managed to get one flag started, but the counter protesters countered by tripping and kicking one of them, so they called it a day. Sadly, no waterguns were used in the protection of Old Glory, which would have truly been a “new political vision.”
Once the InterTubes got hold of the story, there was a lot of mockery and quite a bit of defensiveness. The group later released the following statement:
“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,” a post on Facebook said. “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.”
To which the Americans everywhere, or at least those paying attention, responded, “Whatevs. Pass the potato salad.”