A group of students at Valdosta State University in Georgia put an American flag on the ground and walked on it as part of a protest over…well, something (they haven’t said, nor do I care). That prompted a woman to go and steal their flag, then resist arrest and demand that the protesters be arrested.
Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran, said she was not planning to take the flag from the group, but she had heard about the group’s recent campus demonstrations and wanted to take action.
“I did not want anything like this, but I got a call from a student who told me that the flag was on the ground, and they were walking on it,” said Manhart. “I was just going over there to pick up the flag off the ground. I don’t know what their cause is, but I went to pick it up because it doesn’t deserve to be on the ground.”
Yeah, it’s an inanimate object. It doesn’t “deserve” anything. And since the flag doesn’t belong to you, you have no right to do anything at all to it, no matter how emotional you get over it.
Manhart said she hoped to ask for a letter of apology from the group and to take possession of the flag so she could dispose of it properly.
Repeat after me: It’s not your flag. It’s none of your goddamn business. She admitted to resisting arrest and, while she was resisting, asked police officers repeatedly why they weren’t arresting the protesters. Because they didn’t break the law, obviously. This was decided decades ago, but maybe news travels very slowly to Georgia. The people on her Facebook post about it seem blissfully ignorant as well.
Stephanie Elizabeth Agerton I am absolutely appalled. I served in the USAF at Moody AFB. The fact that the city is allowing this is offensive and disgusting. People need to write the Mayor. There is a peaceful way to protest. Disrespecting the flag especially in a military town where parents, children, spouses, siblings, etc have their loved ones protecting it is an act which should not be tolerated.
The city has no choice and writing the mayor won’t change a thing. There’s this pesky thing called the First Amendment. It’s part of that constitution thing you guys always declare your undying love for but know absolutely nothing about.
Joe Giedraitis That makes me sick how the cops did nothing to the other woman in green but arrested Michelle. I am soooo proud of you Michelle for sticking up for the flag we served under.
Yeah, why won’t those cops arrest people for offending me even though it’s unconstitutional for them to do so? What is this country coming to when other people can flagrantly offend hyper-emotional, self-declared uber-patriots?