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MLS Real Salt Lake Allows Theft Of American Flag.

As it we didn’t have enough reason to hate soccer….

SANDY, Utah — A Utah County family that brought a Betsy Ross flag to a Real Salt Lake soccer game is speaking out, after stadium staff asked them to take the flag down.

RSL team leadership said the flag is banned, and indicated that it doesn’t fit with their mission of inclusion and unity.

Randolf and Diana Scott have RSL season tickets, and attend every home game at Rio Tinto Stadium.

“Soccer is just a big part of our life,” Diana said.

Most known for his brightly colored mohawk sometimes painted like an American flag, Randolf stands right up front during games. He brings a bag with RSL swag, big chain necklaces, and an American flag that he waves.

At recent home games, he’s gotten more attention than usual because of a new item he added to his game gear.

It’s the commonly named Betsy Ross flag, which was an early version of the American flag. It has 13 stars in a circle, versus the 50 stars featured today.

Apparently the issue is that some white supremacist groups have adopted the Betsy Ross flag as a symbol of race supremacy or some other idiotic thought.

So instead of Real Salt Lake sticking up for the flag and the people who fought under it, they banned it because people are trying to steal the meaning behind the flag itself.

Team management apparently confirmed that this was team policy:

“At Real Salt Lake it is our mission to unify our community through soccer and we promote inclusion, diversity and acceptance. It is important that everyone in the community not only feel welcome at our stadiums, but appreciated, respected and valued. Rio Tinto Stadium is reflective of that on match day and we encourage a unifying and welcoming environment to all fans at all of our RSL and Utah Royals FC matches. To be permitted to bring a flag into any of our stadiums is a privilege. Recently, and very controversially as well as surprising to us, the Colonial flag has been adopted as a symbol for hate groups. Any controversial flags or other similar banners or signs with symbols of hatred, divisiveness and/or intolerance whether intentional or otherwise will not be permitted in our stadiums. Period.”

– Andy Carroll, Chief Business Officer, Real Salt Lake

There is nothing that says “inclusion, diversity and acceptance” than the banning of the flag under which colonists fought to establish this country.

Betsy Ross’ contribution to the design of the flag is a subject of much debate and frankly, there is little documentation to support the claim that she designed the flag herself:

Opinions may differ on Ross’s contribution to the creation of the national colors. Yet all parties agree that American revolutionaries were using a variety of flags during the early 1770s to express their distaste for British rule. Some colonists made one that featured a British Union Jack sitting in the upper-left corner of a red field with the words “Liberty and Union” emblazoned in white along the field’s lower half. The tea-tossing Sons of Liberty flew a simple standard with alternating red and white stripes. Another popular ensign sported a coiled rattlesnake on a yellow or red-and-white striped background with the words “Don’t tread on me.” Immediately before the Declaration of Independence, probably the most used unofficial flag of revolution was the Continental Colors. This ensign had a Union Jack in the upper-left corner and alternating red and white stripes. Although unofficial, this banner saw service with American forces. It also had the distinction of being the first American flag saluted by a foreign power.

The Continental Colors, however, had a practical and a symbolic flaw. Because it contained the Union Jack, the flag could create confusion in a battle. When American soldiers raised it outside Boston, British troops thought the conflict was almost over. “By this time, I presume, they begin to think it strange that we have not made a formal surrender of our lines,” George Washington wrote. In addition, this flag did not represent reality. It implied a continuing tie to Great Britain just as a complete break was pending.

Congress recognized that the new nation needed a flag. On June 14, 1777, it passed the country’s first flag law. As legislation goes, it was refreshingly brief: “Resolved. That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” From a twenty-first-century perspective, the Continental Congress’s lack of guidance on the flag’s appearance seems extraordinary. The law said nothing about the flag’s size, shape, or ordering of stripes or the size, type, or arrangement of stars. The legislation implicitly gave flag makers latitude for the creation.

The “Betsy Ross” flag did, however, become the standard under which American troops fought during the Revolutionary War – a fight that ultimately led to the founding of the country and the statements of individual rights that we enjoy today.

Therefore, when Real Salt Lake, or anyone allows a group of people to steal the meaning of the flag, we should all fight back against that theft.

If someone came to your house and stole your lawnmower and you knew who they were, you’d go get the lawnmower. You wouldn’t allow the person to keep what is not theirs.

The same holds true for the American flag. If we allow idiots to steal the meaning of the flag and change that meaning, then they win. If we say “we have to ban history and the historical meaning of that flag,” not only do they win, but we all lose.

We lose a part of our history and common heritage.

Real Salt Lake is simply being gutless in this stance of not allowing an American flag into the stadium.

If one is offended by the flag, go ask the person holding it the reason they have it in their possession. If they are holding it for the historical meaning of the founding of the country, pat them on the back and shake their hand. If they spout some hateful non-sense about races and stuff like that, take the flag pole and beat them over the head with it. (Figuratively speaking, of course.)

We are tired of jerks and morons taking our history and people who seem to be offended at the drop of a hate supporting the theft.

As one final point, if the Betsy Ross flag is a symbol of racism, why did President Obama appear in front of it at his inauguration in 2013? Is Obama a racist too?

The Betsy Ross flag is part of American history. Idiots who want to subvert and steal its meaning should be met with strong resistance from everyone.



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