MN Firefighter Flies Confederate Flag in 4th of July Parade

A firefighter in Minnesota, of all places, decided to fly a Confederate flag from his fire truck in a 4th of July parade. And he wants you to know that he’s shocked that it drew attention AND that he did it deliberately to draw attention to the evils of “political correctness.”

A southern Minnesota firefighter flew a Confederate flag along side Old Glory while he drove a fire truck in a July 4th weekend parade in Albert Lea, and the event’s organizer said Sunday that such a display was “unfortunate” but within the firefighter’s right…

The Hartland fire truck was driven by Brian Nielsen, a firefighter for about 10 years with the department. Nielsen said Sunday that he was not endorsing slavery but was fed up with what he views as “political correctness” attacking a symbol that is part of history.

“My view is that PC is going too far taking things out of history,” Nielsen said. “It has nothing to do with slavery. I don’t see color, black or white. We’re all equal.”

Oh yes, the old “I don’t see color” bullshit.

Nielsen said the Confederate flag’s display was his decision alone and he did not think he needed his department’s approval.

“I didn’t think it would bring this much attention,” he said. “I just wanted to stand up and say that PC is not right all the time. They’re actually not right most of the time.”

Uh, Mr. Nielsen…not everyone is as dumb as you. We recognize the rather blatant contradiction between saying on the one hand that you were trying to make a statement against the huge backlash against the Confederate flag and simultaneously that you didn’t think it would get this much attention. Those things can’t both be true and it’s the second one that is obviously false. You knew exactly how much attention it would get and you deliberately tried to get it. Well now you’ve got it. And I doubt you’re going to like the results. (Update: He’s been suspended. Big shock.)

And seriously, the flag can’t possibly represent anything but slavery. The man who created it said it was about slavery. It was carried into battle by troops from the Confederacy, which made it undeniably clear that they were only there to defend slavery. Any other claim is just nonsense.

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  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    If he’s a volunteer firefighter he should be laughed out of town.

    If he’s an employee he should be shitcanned and laughed out of town.

    Racist asshole.

  • mareap

    1st Minnesota… That is all I have to say To that dolt.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    “This swastika flag is a part of history! I just wanted to stand up and say PC isn’t right all the time!”

  • felicis

    ” the flag can’t possibly represent anything but slavery. ”

    Well – to be fair, it can also represent treason which, “shall consist only in levying war against them, or…”

    Not that adding treason to slavery makes anything better…

  • John Pieret

    was fed up with what he views as “political correctness” attacking a symbol that is part of history

    Well, next 4th of July you should really prove how anti-PC you are and fly a Swastika.

  • thebookofdave

    @1

    You can’t fire him. That man belongs in a museum!

  • The Other Lance

    The only thing worse than an Illinois Nazi is a Minnesota Redneck!

    P.S. I grew up about 25 miles from Albert Lea. :-)

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Worse, for April he wore white sheets in their calendar.

  • raven

    …and the event’s organizer said Sunday that such a display was “unfortunate” but within the firefighter’s right…

    Not sure I buy this.

    If he was a government employee in uniform driving a publicly owned fire truck at an event put on by a local government, he doesn’t have that right.

    I’d like to see someone fly a hammer and sickle flag or Vietcong flag from a fire truck. Not because they are commies or Vietcong fans, but you know, just because they are fed up with political correctness!!!

    On second thought, I don’t really want to see that. The potential for mob violence is too high and a few pints of blood isn’t my idea of a holiday event.

  • Larry

    How was it within his rights to fly any flag but the US and state flags? Does that firetruck belong to him? Do the parade organizers not have a list of what is and what is not appropriate? Is there anybody there with the ability to say no?

  • Die Anyway

    I appreciate it when people display the rebel flag. Kind of like the Jesus fish on the back of cars… it makes it so much easier to know who to avoid. A big rebel flag in the back of a pickup is like a flashing neon sign that says “I’m an asshole… I’m an asshole… I’m an asshole” the whole time they are driving.

  • footface

    So many historians out there! This guy should be teaching somewhere. Guys, he can’t help it if he loves history!

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Well, next 4th of July you should really prove how anti-PC you are and fly a Swastika.”

    Fuck that, he should go, “All in”:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Standard#/media/File:AQMI_Flag.svg

    @ 9:

    I concur. If that racist piece of shit flew a black power, rainbow or other “bad” flag, they’d be on his ass.

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    within the firefighter’s right

    Like hell. He put the flag on a fire engine, not on his personal property. He was not exercising his right of free speech to inform people that he’s an idiot. He was usurping a public agency, the fire department, and imputing to the agency his personal position on so-called “political correctness.” The fire department is well within its rights to discipline or dismiss him. He’s too stupid to be a public servant, even in a volunteer capacity.

  • magistramarla

    We picked our grandson up after he participated in the 4th of July parade with his swim team. We were driving behind one of those assholes with a confederate flag flying from his jacked-up pick-up truck. The grandson told us that there were a lot of those flags in the parade. Texas, of course.

  • whheydt

    I’d like to see someone be both intelligent and subtle. How about plying a British flag?

  • whheydt

    Re: whheydt @ #16…

    Edit failure,,, flying….

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Don’t you just love it when stupid people try to make a point?

  • Goblinman

    As a native Minnesotan, I’d like to know just which side of the civil war this yokel thinks my state fought on.

  • azpaul3

    #19, Goblinman

    Well, he is from southern Minnesota. Uff-Da, y’all.

  • StevoR

    @17. whheydt : Actually “plying” works almost as well in this context I reckon.

  • StevoR

    It has nothing to do with slavery. I don’t see color, black or white. We’re all equal.”

    Yeah, poor bloke, he so much worse than mere colour blindness, like a dog (or was that debunked?) he can only see in shades of gray.

    We should all be considered as equal is ideally true. The practical reality of it, seems sadly different and if he’d done his research he’d know that.

    The idea of such a thing as “race” being real is an evil myth – the fact that racism does exist is a horrid part of reality.

    Flying the confederate flag of slavery and treason helps nobody here really and only makes things worse. / Capt’n obvious.

  • StevoR

    Do’h! Blockquote fail, sorry. Italics only meant to be applied to the word “should” above. Grrr ..sigh.

  • Scr… Archivist

    Is the Hartland Fire Department segregated? Was Nielsen trying to make or keep it that way?

  • skinnercitycyclist

    This asshole presumes to wave a rebel flag in a state whose 1st Minnesota Infantry took 82% casualties against the bearers of that flag at Gettysburg?

  • lorn

    In one way I agree with him. Assuming he is not using public resources or money to fly that flag he is within his right to fly whatever flag he wishes. Of course, everyone around him is within their right to tell him in no unceartain term exactly wha they think of him waving a confederate flag around.

    That PC argument cuts both ways. It might be PC to encourage people to not fly a flag associated with pro-slavery cause and one used to minorities. It is also PC to fly such a flag and expect people to take the blatant expressions of bigotry and racism, intended as such or not, without people expressing an alternative opinion in a loud and derisive manner.

  • Michael Heath

    lorn writes:

    In one way I agree with him. Assuming he is not using public resources or money to fly that flag he is within his right to fly whatever flag he wishes.

    He was using public resources. He was not only doing that, but representing that district’s fire department. He flew the flag on the Hartland Fire Dept. truck (see photo in story Ed links to above).

    If he did what you describe, there’d be no story to report. The story is that a fire dept. flew a confederate flag in a parade.