First they came for Betsy Ross and the flag she designed.
Now they come for the “Don’t Tread on Me” Flag as yet another reminder of white America’s irredeemable past that must be erased.
Enter Chris Pratt, one of the most bankable gentile white male action stars in Hollywood. He’s been attacked for saying “blue collar” American stories aren’t depicted in Hollywood films, and now he’s being attacked as a racist for wearing a “Don’t Tread on Me” Flag shirt. [Chris Pratt criticised for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt, Yahoo.com, July 16, 2019]:
Chris Pratt is facing criticism over a T-shirt he was pictured wearing featuring a controversial symbol.
The Marvel star’s top shows the American flag with a coiled snake over the top and a message underneath which reads “Don’t Tread On Me.”
The writing and snake combo on its own is depicted on the Gadsden flag; a symbol created by Christopher Gadsden, a Charleston-born brigadier general in the Continental Army.
It came to prominence during the Revolutionary War of the US by colonists who wanted independence from Great Britain.
Although it is one of the symbols and flags used by the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, Metallica, as well as some libertarian groups, over the years the flag has been adopted by Far Right political groups like the Tea Party, as well as gun-toting supporters of the Second Amendment.
It has therefore become a symbol of more conservative and far right individuals and, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of the US, it also is “sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages in some contexts.”
It’s why some people are critical of Pratt wearing a T-shirt featuring the Gadsden flag iconography.
Many have posted their feelings about it on Twitter.
All of America’s past must be reclassified as nothing more than racist, a platform for white people in the present to use their past to discriminate against non-whites in the future (check out the excellent book Erasing America: Losing Our Future by Destroying Our Past).
So it must be dismantled brick by brick: if whites have no past they can celebrate in the present, then they have no future.