If a sticker terrifies you, perhaps it’s time to seek professional help.
Elise Herron, a web editor for the Willamette Week, and Lindsey Burrows, a criminal defense attorney in Portland, Oregon, were quite shaken by the mere sight of a Thin Blue Line decal on the back of a police SUV.
You know the Thin Blue Line flag image – it’s displayed by people who want to show their support of law enforcement. People unlike Herron, Burrows, and other anti-cop activists.
A Portland Police officer appears to have violated city policy by putting a Blue Lives Matter bumper sticker on a patrol vehicle. https://t.co/j6FSXTBXQ1
— Elise Herron (@cc_herron) November 6, 2019
Question: Would Herron have been just as outraged by the city policy violation if the SUV had been plastered with “Coexist” stickers?
This is unacceptable, @PortlandPolice @tedwheeler @ChiefDOutlaw. Is the person driving this car going to be conducting traffic/pedestrian stops?! Terrifying. Also didn’t the county just settle a $100k lawsuit over this bs? The city is next, I guess… Cc:@PCCEPportland pic.twitter.com/g959RAuU0l
— Lindsey Burrows (@_lindsey_bee) November 4, 2019
Wait, was that a veiled threat? I think maybe it was. But would Burrows wax litigious if the sticker had been an LGBTQ pride flag?
Apparently, the 2.5-inch by 4.5-inch sticker triggered these ladies’ sensitive natures. Why? Because wacko activists (also known as “wacktivists”) claim the image secretly shows support for the Blue Lives Matter organization, and is therefore an alarming white supremacy symbol. And, since they see the “ubiquitous boogeyman” of racism absolutely everywhere, they are wrong on many levels.
The Blue Lives Matter movement was started “to advocate that those prosecuted and convicted of killing law enforcement officers should be sentenced under hate crime statutes.” Its purpose was never to criminalize or terrorize communities of color, as purported by the mainstream media…and, of course, harridans like Burrows and Herron.
For the record, the Thin Blue Line flag is an entirely separate thing. Blue Lives Matter proponents may use it, but it is not a symbol unique to their movement.
As the author of the source article notes, the term “thin blue line” has been used in reference to police since LAPD Chief Bill Parker first employed it in the 1950s. It has nothing to do with racism, hatred and bigotry – and everything to do with a law enforcement officer’s heroic commitment to separate chaos from order.
Yet the flag is considered divisive by some, and has been a topic of recent debate in other states besides Oregon. It seems that the rift is caused mainly by misunderstandings over the flag’s meaning.
According to Sgt. Nancy M. Dowdy at the National Police Association:
“Cops on the road deserve to know they are supported. That means more than any “tweet” or “post” from someone who isn’t brave enough to stand in front of, and protect others regardless of their beliefs.”
The flag image symbolizes support for law enforcement officers and honors their sacrifice, then. So…racism?
Where’s the issue? There is none. It is, in point of fact, a NON-ISSUE.
This “terrifying” symbol helps me to picture law enforcement officers standing together as a band of brothers between me and the bad guys. I see it and am instantly both comforted and grateful.
To honor my heroes in law enforcement, I proudly display one of these decals on my vehicle. And when that one fades or peels off, I’ll get another.
Below is a video of an actual police officer’s definition of the symbol: