I always find it ironic how people choose to burn the flag of the nation that gives them the constitutional right to burn that flag. I was put off by this photo posted by Keziah Smith the moment I saw it, as I could never support the defacing of the flag that represents this country. However, what truly sickened me was the caption of the photo. Take a look:
Now, from the looks of it, this self-identifying “revolutionary” is clearly under the impression that no black people died in the September 11th attacks. By putting it in contrast with slavery, something that was inherently devastating, specifically for black people, she is making the assertion that 9/11 was specifically calamitous for white people. That idea, coupled with the fact that this was deliberately posted on the 16th anniversary of the attacks, makes this post so wrong on a multitude of levels.
If you are so desperate for attention that you feel you need to share photos of yourself burning the American flag, then go for it. As I mentioned, I am acutely opposed to burning the flag, but I do support all facets of free speech. However, that does not mean I need to agree with said speech, and it certainly does not mean that this post was in any way okay. Burning the flag is one thing, but burning the flag on the anniversary of 9/11 with the caption “FUCK 9/11” is disgusting.
The post racked up a copious amount of comments, sitting at 2,700 as of now, and growing by the minute. Some commenters showed a startling amount of support for the sentiment behind her post:
On the flip side, others were quick to condemn the post:
Everybody has the right to their own opinion, but it is hard to deny that this post was wildly disrespectful to the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in these horrendous attacks – not only the Americans – and their families. As someone who was raised in New York City, and someone who knows people who lost family and friends on that fateful September morning, this post is personal to me. I will still never forget.