I will get into all sorts of trouble with this article, but it needs to be written. Over the last few days, hundreds of articles have been written about the ban on clothing with flags at Hobbton High School in Newton Grove, N.C. Last year, administrators banned all clothing with flags, but the problem didn’t hit the fan until Tuesday, September 11th. Today, after a torrent of controversy, the ban has been rescinded.
It started when Jessica Langston wanted to wear her American flag T-shirt to school, in honor of 9-11, but mom Gayle Langston wouldn’t allow it, knowing the daughter would be sent home because of the dress code. The school previously had banned clothes with flags on them after too many gang-related fights at school, according to Sampson County’s school superintendent L. Steward Hobbs Jr.
But it angered Gayle Langston who felt her daughter’s rights as an American were being taken away. She notified her local media, and the story rapidly spread.
But Jessica’s rights are all wrong. Take a look at the Flag Code. It is still THE LAW pertaining to flag etiquette, even though it is without enforcement penalties.
Section 8, titled Respect for Flag, says:
8(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel …
That appears pretty clear to me. All the shirts, shorts, hats, and scarfs made to resemble the American flag are against the law—period.
It’s not patriotic to wear a T-shirt with the U.S. flag. It shows a lack of respect for the flag. It doesn’t show support for the troops. It show a lack of respect for the symbol the are serving to protect.
Where’s the Proper Outrage?
I love America, and I fly my flags daily … properly. I don’t wear it on my clothes because this shows disrespect for the American flag.
A lot of conservatives are up in arms over this action by the school, but their actions are misguided. If they truly want to show respect for the American flag, they would be outraged over the fact that manufacturers are allowed to print the U.S. flag on clothes, napkins, and newsprint. Why don’t they insist that the U.S. Flag Code be followed?
Surely, I am not the only person outraged by this violation of the law.