5 ways you didn’t know you were disrespecting the American flag

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5 ways you didn’t know you were disrespecting the American flag

The American flag should be treated with respect along with  following specific codes that comes along with the flag. But most people have been unaware of certain codes that we break almost everyday. Picture from public domain.

The American flag should be treated with respect along with following specific codes that comes along with the flag. But most people have been unaware of certain codes that we break almost everyday. Picture from public domain.

The American flag should be treated with respect along with following specific codes that comes along with the flag. But most people have been unaware of certain codes that we break almost everyday. Picture from public domain.

The American flag should be treated with respect along with following specific codes that comes along with the flag. But most people have been unaware of certain codes that we break almost everyday. Picture from public domain.

Samantha Ibarra, Commentary Reporter

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As sports commentators and the media go back and forth about what qualifies as “disrespecting the flag” maybe they should spend a little time looking over the U.S. Flag Code and literally take a page from that book before allegations of racism are thrown around. I don’t know about you, but if I were holding a position that has great influence on the general public through ratings and large audiences, I would not easily agree to use the “R” word. In fact, had I not spent some time researching the criteria of disrespecting a flag as set forth by the U.S. Flag Code, I would not have known that kneeling in front of the flag technically isn’t a sign of disrespect, but a conduct violation.

Here are 5 ways that you probably didn’t know you were ACTUALLY disrespecting the flag.

1. Wearing American flag patterned clothes:

In U.S. flag code 176, letter D, it states the American flag pattern is not to be worn as apparel. Yet you see people walking around in their flag T-shirts protesting the athletes “disrespect”, when in reality they are the ones going against the flag code. You really think parading around in your flag printed bikinis and swimming trunks is respectful? Ha!

2. Holding the flag:

The flag should never be held horizontally, according to flag code 176 letter C. This sort of disrespect should have caught the President’s eye, rather than the kneeling, which isn’t mentioned in the U.S. flag code.

3. American flag backdrop:

The flag should always be flowing and standing high with pride, not displayed flat against the wall. Pinning the flag to your wall as decor is not ‘Patriotism’, sorry.

4. Eating off the flag:

The American flag is the spotlight of Fourth of July, but when it comes to decorations some people go all out. Disposable flag printed plates and cups is a major sign of disrespect to the flag. So, think twice before you buy those plates and cups. Surprisingly, it’s a tad bit disrespectful when you throw away something that has the American flag print. Who knew?

5. Bleeding red, white and blue; American flag on weapons and used for advertisement:

Having the American flag placed on a handgun or pocket watch is a huge act of disrespect. It’s just plain ridiculous to see images of the flag upon weapons. How does this show patriotism? It shows disrespect, along with promoting a source of violence. The flag should also not be used for advertisement of any sort. Seeing the flag in the front of a case of beer is just stupid. It’s almost saying, “Hey look at America! We’re full of guns and beer!” Sadly enough, that observation isn’t far off.

 

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