While Donald Trump and Palm Beach square off in Federal Court over his refusal to trim his flag to conform with City Code, another flag controversy brews in Gainesville. Seems a display of international flags in front of the high school has upset some city residents.
“The flags were put up with the intention of celebrating the diversity and unity of our community, but we’ve got some indication that they should be moved inside,” school board chair Lee Highsmith said. “Lately there has been a lot of heated discussions about immigration and illegal immigration in the community, and we don’t want the Avenue of Flags to be a place where people have a demonstration. We don’t want to create a situation where some outside group may use the Avenue of Flags for their own political purpose.”
She said it likely will be moved to the school’s cafeteria. — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ms. Highsmith doesn’t want to talk to me about it when I call, but she directs her aide to give me the phone number of Redland Gneck, the local resident who first raised objections to the display. Red is very happy to talk.
“Damn right them flags hadda go,” he fumes. “Only one flag them kids need to know ‘bout, and that’s Old Glory. This is America, remember? One God, one language, one flag. Don’t need no mixed message in THIS town!”
E Pleuirsy boomin’ right?
“Yeah, whatever. Bad enough we got bunches o’ illegal Meskin immy-grints can’t talk American in that school, now we gonna let ‘em salute their dirty flags on the way in every day? Some of them flags are comminist, d’ya know that?”
Like France? And New Jersey?
“I dunno what in Sam Hill this country’s comin’ to,” he goes on. And on. And fucking on. “Smart-ass teachers tellin’ our kids they don’t hafta salute the flag, can’t praise the Load, but they gotta treat furrners who ain’t got no bizness bein’ here in the first place like they’re just as good as we are! If they’re so damn good how come they snuck over here to start with?”
You got me there, Red. Maybe for the cultural opportunities and friendly folks you find in a rural Southern town?
“Furrn flags, furrn language, stupid-ass kids don’t even know how to play real football — they wanna kick it alla time! When I was growin up and gone to school, damn betcha I never had to deal with this!”
Why, I bet the school library has history books about other countries, too.
“Damnation! Ya think? I never…….hey, thanks, I gotta look inta this!” Off he gallops.
It’s times like this I entertain the belief that maybe Darwin had it wrong.