“Stealing a flag and getting arrested is just going to increase hostility”
Social media users have warned that the latest hashtag accompanied craze will end up with someone seriously hurt, and provide the media with another angle to go at the seemingly endless “debate” regarding the Confederate flag.
In a campaign dubbed #NoFlaggingChallenge, people are filming themselves trespassing onto private property and tearing down the iconic flags.
The incident seemingly began last week with a person removing a flag from a moving truck.
It is, of course, inextricably linked to the flap over the flag that the media has refused to drop since the horrible Charleston shooting last month.
The fallout from the incident prompted a renewed emphasis on the Confederate symbol, which has seen it being removed from everything from clothing to toy replicas of the Dukes of Hazzard car ‘General Lee’.
This weekend, the Confederate flag was officially removed from the South Carolina statehouse for the first time in more than 50 years.
The issue has caused a great deal of divide among those who view the flag as a historic symbol, and those who see it as a bygone relic of a bigoted past. Others argue that the removal of a flag and erasing history will do nothing to improve the racial tension in the nation, and may even worsen it.
Some twitter users are worried that people taking matters into their own hands when it comes to removing the flags are putting themselves in the line of fire.
There can be little doubt of what angle the mainstream media will come at this story if indeed it does end in someone getting shot. Suffice to say, this will do nothing to improve harmony, and everything to increase divide.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.