Angry far left activists torched the US flag on the 4th of July as a symbol of oppression.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times Alyssa Green, 24, of Bay Activist Coalition in St. Petersburg leads a chant of “Black lives matter! Black lives matter!” Friday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, where nearly 50 activists gathered. (TampBay.com)
Surrounded by nearly 50 activists, Crystal Wilson steadied a small American flag in one hand, and a lighter in the other.
“The American flag holds as much hatred, as much oppression, as much blood as the Confederate flag,” said Wilson, 25.
She sparked the lighter, guiding the small flame to the red, white and blue cloth. It caught fire, and burned away the flecks of fabric.
Another activist raised two smaller flags to the fire, and a third raised a full-sized American flag to the conflagration.
Together, the emblems of freedom withered into tiny black bits on the sidewalk.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that burning an American flag in protest is a form of political speech protected under the First Amendment.
Protesters gathered Friday evening at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to stand in solidarity with the Charleston, S.C., victims and to denounce monuments they say commemorate white supremacy.
The same people who say drawing Mohammed is hateful provocation also burned American flags in a 4th of July protest https://t.co/LSuOzuc0vV
— Progressives Today (@ProgsToday) July 6, 2015