The fraught and horrid reality of our political divide is showing once again this week, and in an alarming way.
You see, the way in which we’ve split out nation into two teams, R and D, means that every single issue we face must now fall directly and succinctly into one camp or the other. There can be no middle ground, and both parties are continuing to scratch and claw their way into claiming certain symbols and statements as their own.
To this end, one liberal journalist has now found themselves triggered by the American flag itself, as they see it as somehow a sign of conservatism.
MSNBC contributor Mara Gay said Tuesday that she was “disturbed” to see “dozens of American flags” flown by Donald Trump supporters during a weekend trip to Long Island, New York.
The left-wing editorial board member for The New York Times was also distressed by what she called expletives on the trucks against President Biden, describing the flag-flying Trump supporters as sending a clear message: “This is my country … not your country. I own this.”
The statement was stunning, to say the least.
“I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explicatives [sic] against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing … Essentially the message was clear. This is my country. This is not your country. I own this,” Gay said.
She claimed Americans would continue to see things like that until the country was ready to have the conversation about “Whiteness,” adding her concern that “a large percentage of Americans” don’t understand the threat that it is.
“That is the real concern. Because, you know, the Trump voters who are not going to get onboard with democracy, they’re a minority. You can marginalize them, long-term. But if we don’t take the threat seriously, then I think we’re all in really bad shape,” she said.
Of course, the American flag isn’t an objective symbol of any one party or ideology, and can represent something unique to each and every American who witnesses or experiences it.