A Fourth of July Symbol of Unity That May No Longer Unite

In a Long Island town, neighbors now make assumptions, true and sometimes false, about people who conspicuously display American flags.

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Where Flying the Pride Flag Wasn’t So Simple

Thursday: The debate over flying the Pride flag in the Central Valley.

#california, #central-valley-calif, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality

Hong Kong Protester Faces City’s First Security Law Trial

Tong Ying-kit, who hit officers while riding a motorcycle with a protest flag, is accused of terrorism and inciting secession. He could be sentenced to life in prison.

#attacks-on-police, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #politics-and-government

They Put Up a Pride Flag. A Homeowners’ Group Said Take It Down.

The Eastland Cove Homeowners Association in Broward County, Fla., said it was not on a list of approved flags. A couple face an initial fine of up to $50.

#broward-county-fla, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #florida, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality

Student Is Denied High School Diploma for Wearing Mexican Flag

Ever Lopez said he wanted to represent his Mexican roots as he graduated from high school in Asheboro, N.C. The school said the flag violated the ceremony’s dress code.

#asheboro-n-c, #dress-codes, #education-k-12, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #mexican-americans, #north-carolina, #tiktok-bytedance

What Kind of Flag Can I Fly Outside My House?

If you live in a community with a homeowners association, chances are good that you may be limited to just the Stars and Stripes.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #black-lives-matter-movement, #censorship, #colorado, #discrimination, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

U.K. Government, Sensing an Opportunity, Wraps Itself in the Flag

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative allies have seized on a dispute over ostentatious displays of the Union Jack as a way to keep opponents on the defensive.

#british-broadcasting-corp, #conservative-party-great-britain, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

Over 160 Confederate Symbols Were Removed in 2020, Group Says

The Southern Poverty Law Center said more “symbols of hate” were removed from public property last year after the death of George Floyd than in the previous four years combined.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #military-bases-and-installations, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #names-organizational, #race-and-ethnicity, #sons-of-confederate-veterans, #southern-poverty-law-center, #states-us, #symbols, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Will Lower Flags for Rush Limbaugh

Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, wants to honor his late friend. The state’s top Democratic official, a political rival, said she would not comply.

#desantis-ron, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #florida, #palm-beach-fla

North Carolina Discontinues License Plates With Confederate Flag

The Division of Motor Vehicles said it had received complaints about the specialty plate, which had been issued to members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

#automobile-registration-and-license-plates, #automobiles, #confederate-states-of-america, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #north-carolina, #slavery-historical, #sons-of-confederate-veterans, #southern-states-us

Confederate Battle Flag in the Capitol: A ‘Jarring’ First in U.S. History

Historians said it was unnerving to see a man carry the flag inside the Capitol, something not even Confederate soldiers were able to do during the Civil War.

#black-people, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

South Carolinians Mock Redesigned Palmetto Tree on Proposed State Flag

A proposed new look for the beloved state tree has drawn complaints that it looks like a toilet brush or like one of the palmettos battered by Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

#flags-emblems-and-insignia, #palmetto-tree, #south-carolina, #vexillology

What Happened When a School District Banned Thin Blue Line Flags

Some students in a mostly white New York suburb said the flag made them feel unsafe. Banning it prompted accusations of political bias.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #education-k-12, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #pelham-ny

The Vatican Report on Clerical Abuse

A Catholic priest says the report documents the failure of the hierarchy, and a need for civil authorities to take the lead in finding the truth. Also: Happy to fly the flag again.

#flags-emblems-and-insignia, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

This Is an Election Story That Mentions Neither Biden Nor Trump

Here are the (other) races and issues our national correspondents are watching.

#brunswick-ga, #california, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #elections, #elections-district-attorneys, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-mayors, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #henderson-county-nc, #houston-tex, #los-angeles-county-calif, #miami-dade-county-fla, #michigan, #mississippi, #oklahoma, #politics-and-government, #portland-ore, #prisons-and-prisoners, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #vermont, #wisconsin

Trump Merchandise Outsells Biden’s, China’s Factories Say

The measure is unscientific at best. But merchants say sales of the president’s campaign merchandise at a major wholesale market are outstripping Biden’s.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #consumer-behavior, #factories-and-manufacturing, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #international-trade-and-world-market, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shopping-and-retail, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yiwu-china, #yiwu-international-trade-city-yiwu-china

The Skull in My Backyard

The radicalization of a small American town.

#flags-emblems-and-insignia, #indiana, #presidential-election-of-2020

Mississippi Wants Magnolia to Be Centerpiece of New State Flag

A committee finished its search for a flag to replace the one with a Confederate emblem that had flown for 126 years. It now moves to a statewide ballot.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #flowers-and-plants, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity

The Artist Unraveling American History

Best known for her series of deconstructed flags, Sonya Clark offers poignant, clearsighted reminders of this country’s legacy of racial violence.

#15-creative-women, #amherst-college, #art, #clark-sonya-1967, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #race-and-ethnicity, #textiles

Trump Leans Into False Virus Claims in Chris Wallace Interview

The president grew agitated as he was fact-checked on polling, race relations and the coronavirus response by Chris Wallace of Fox News.

#absentee-voting, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #fauci-anthony-s, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #fox-news-channel, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wallace-chris-1947

As a Flag Comes Down, Looking for a ‘New Mississippi’

Much of Mississippi galvanized around the effort to remove the state flag. Residents now want to seize on the momentum created by the triumph.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mississippi, #reeves-tate-1974

Trump Defends Confederate Flag in Latest Race-Based Appeal to White Voters

President Trump implied that NASCAR’s decision to prohibit Confederate flags at its races was a mistake while also falsely asserting that a top Black driver, Bubba Wallace, had engaged in a hoax involving a noose found in his stall.

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #wallace-darrell-jr

My Life Under Mississippi’s Racist Flag

It waved to us again and again: Know your place.

#black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #mississippi, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #whites

Mississippi Governor Signs Law to Remove Flag With Confederate Emblem

The state flag, which features the blue bars and white stars of the Confederate battle flag, had flown over Mississippi for 126 years. It must be removed within 15 days.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #law-and-legislation, #minneapolis-minn

Mississippi Lawmakers Vote to Retire State Flag Rooted in the Confederacy

The flag, which has flown since 1894, is poised to come down, becoming yet another emblem of the Confederacy to be removed across the South.

#black-people, #confederacy, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #mississippi, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #reeves-tate-1974

Mississippi Lawmakers Push Ahead With Proposal to Take Down State Flag

Coaches, athletes, country music stars and the Baptist Convention have called for changing the flag that symbolizes the state’s Confederate past.

#flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #jackson-miss, #mississippi, #state-legislatures

How College Sports Spurred Mississippi to Seriously Reconsider Its Flag

Time and again, debate over the state’s flag and its Confederate battle imagery faded away. Then college sports leaders threatened to take away some of the biggest games.

#athletics-and-sports, #baseball-college, #colleges-and-universities, #emmert-mark, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #football-college, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mississippi, #mississippi-state-university, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-baseball-championships, #race-and-ethnicity, #sankey-greg, #southeastern-conference, #state-legislatures

For Black NASCAR Fans, Change Would Mean Feeling at Ease at a Race

NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate battle flag has stirred conversations about attracting new fans. In some ways, that has overlooked the experiences of black fans already committed to the sport.

#automobile-racing, #black-people, #discrimination, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #race-and-ethnicity, #talladega-superspeedway

NASCAR Investigating Noose Found in Bubba Wallace’s Garage

Wallace, the only black driver in the motor sports giant’s top tier, said it was “a painful reminder of how much further we have to go.”

#alabama, #automobile-racing, #black-people, #discrimination, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #race-and-ethnicity, #television, #wallace-darrell-jr, #whites

As Symbols of the Confederacy Fall, Activists Say Mississippi’s Flag Should Be Next

A renewed challenge to the state flag, the only one with the Confederate battle flag embedded in it, has stirred a familiar debate between tradition and changed views on race.

#charleston-sc-shooting-2015, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #mcdaniel-chris-1972, #mississippi, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #reeves-tate-1974

Abiding by the Confederate Flag Ban Inside Talladega, Grudgingly

Inside the track, racing fans went by NASCAR’s rules. Elsewhere, though, they waved the battle flag.

#automobile-racing, #black-lives-matter-movement, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #talladega-superspeedway, #wallace-darrell-jr

NASCAR’s Confederate Flag Ban Faces a Test in Alabama

Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway will come after a black, Alabama-born driver took on a stubborn ritual of racing and Southern culture.

#alabama, #automobile-racing, #black-people, #confederate-states-of-america, #discrimination, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #talladega-superspeedway, #wallace-darrell-jr

N.C.A.A. Pressures Mississippi on Confederate Emblem on State Flag

The association’s expanded policy on the Confederate symbol came after the Southeastern Conference urged Mississippi to change its state flag.

#baseball-college, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #football-college, #mississippi, #mississippi-state-university, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #university-of-mississippi

The Confederate Flag Didn’t Bother Bubba Wallace. Until It Did.

The only black driver in NASCAR’s top tier, he has emerged as an impassioned activist who got the flag banned at races in the largely white sport after years of putting up with it.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #confederate-flag, #confederate-states-of-america, #darrellbubbawallace-jr, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #racial-profiling

SEC Warns Mississippi Over Confederate Emblem on State Flag

The league’s statement will place new pressure on Mississippi lawmakers. But it may not make much difference.

#flags-emblems-and-insignia, #mississippi, #mississippi-state-university, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #reeves-tate-1974, #southeastern-conference, #southeastern-states-us, #university-of-mississippi

The Woman Who Took Down a Confederate Flag on What Came Next

Bree Newsome Bass was arrested after climbing a flagpole at the South Carolina State Capitol. Now, she sees more people moved to act for similar reasons.

#black-people, #discrimination, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #newsome-bass-bree, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #whites

A Flag for All in Mississippi

What if the state could create a new heritage?

#discrimination, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #laurin-stennis, #mississippi, #reeves-tate-1974, #united-states-politics-and-government

Who Is Bubba Wallace?

He is the only African-American driver in NASCAR’s top-flight racing series, and this week got the organization to bar the Confederate flag at its events.

#automobile-racing, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #confederate-states-of-america, #discrimination, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #race-and-ethnicity, #wallace-darrell-jr

NASCAR Says It Will Ban Confederate Flags

The announcement came two days after Darrell Wallace Jr., the first black driver in 50 years to win one of NASCAR’s top three national touring series, called on NASCAR to ban the flags outright.

#automobile-racing, #black-people, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #race-and-ethnicity, #wallace-darrell-jr

Two Flags Over Maine (and America)

Flags are not just symbols of a country or a state. Their meaning lies in the consciousness of the person looking at them.

#flags-emblems-and-insignia, #maine, #ross-betsy, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Bubba Wallace Wants NASCAR to Ban the Confederate Flag

Mr. Wallace and his team also revealed a new black paint scheme for his No. 43 Chevrolet, with the slogan ‘#blacklivesmatter’ over the rear wheels, that will make its debut on Wednesday.

#automobile-racing, #black-lives-matter-movement, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #wallace-darrell-jr

U.S. Marine Corps Bans Confederate Battle Flag Displays

The directive, which was announced on Friday, details what is prohibited in Marine installations, office buildings and work spaces.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-flag, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

Drew Brees Criticized for Calling Kneeling During the Anthem ‘Disrespectful’

Some of those who criticized Brees’s remarks were prominent professional sports figures, including members of his own team.

#brees-drew, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #james-lebron, #kaepernick-colin, #national-anthems, #national-football-league, #new-orleans-saints

A World War II Flag Taken During a Reno Protest is Returned

The U.S.S. Reno flag was anonymously returned with a note that said it “needed protecting.”

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #looting-crime, #reno-nev

Germany Criminalizes Burning of E.U. and Other Foreign Flags

The new ban, relatively rare in the world’s legal codes, was proposed as a response to the burning of an Israeli flag at a demonstration in 2017.

#alternative-for-germany, #european-union, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #germany, #law-and-legislation, #merkel-angela

Marine Corps Bans Public Display of Confederate Flag

In a letter, Gen. David H. Berger, the Marine commandant, said the symbol had “the power to inflame division.”

#berger-david-h, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-battle-flag, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps