New York Times Says the American Flag is ‘Divisive’

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“This ain’t no rag, it’s a flag

And we don’t wear it on our heads”

Don’t recognize these words? That may be because they represent a bygone era of unity and the symbol of said unity among Americans. While stirring some controversy even then, Charlie Daniels penned the words to the song “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag” in November of 2001 as response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The national unity that emerged following 9/11 was temporary, and the threat the U.S. faced from without has since been replaced with a seemingly greater threat from within. The symbol that once united the American people now takes center stage in fierce ideological debates. Athletes now kneel or turn their backs when the National Anthem is played.

As the U.S. celebrated its 244th year of independence this 4th of July weekend, there are some who claim the flag and its display now represent distinct political divisions. The Daily Wire reports on a piece published this past week by The New York Times and the backlash it received for its assertion that display of the flag often falls along party lines.

“What was once a unifying symbol — there is a star on it for each state, after all — is now alienating to some, its stripes now fault lines between people who kneel while “The Star-Spangled Banner” plays and those for whom not pledging allegiance is an affront.” The New York Times piece cites a YouGov survey that found 66% of Republican respondents associated the U.S. flag with their party versus only 34% of Democrats.

The piece and its conclusions sparked intense criticism over the apparent distaste that Democrats have for the once celebrated national symbol:

In a tweet shared by Donald Trump Jr., the former President’s son wagered the Left would label flag flying Americans as racist in less than a week from Independence Day.

Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona stated, “Apparently loving our country’s flag is now offensive. Disgusting.”

Audren Conklin of Fox News responded to the piece, “it’s trendy to not like America while reveling in its freedom.”

Whether or not flying the flag represents one political party more strongly than the other, the divisions implied by the controversial NYT piece are not new, but are worrisome. The dissolution of our nation’s emblem is not in of itself the problem. It’s the polarization of a people that eschews American identity on one end and embraces extreme nationalism on the other.

 

Source:  https://www.dailywire.com/news/new-york-times-blasted-for-piece-suggesting-american-flag-is-divisive-to-some-they-hate-america

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83 thoughts on “New York Times Says the American Flag is ‘Divisive’”

  1. The Swamp News rats , MSM=Fake News (CNN, FOX, CBS, MSNBC.etc)The Pravda/Racists Divisive Commie news and their propaganda HATE machine at full throttle! They are destroying the country within!‪ Expose, Boycott, Sue, prosecute and bring to justice all these lying Fake News Social media(Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.etc)

  2. These are the tactics of communists.This is how they take over a country with as little to no resistance or bloodshed.They have been in control of our school systems for decades..indoctrinating our children,they make a country hate itself by changing it’s history..or constantly attacking it’s history and it’s culture..now they are going for the last possible defense…our military…they use dividing agendas such as racism,and the homosexual movement to get their foot in the door…our nation is at the point that civil war is really the only way to stop it or to fix it…but that most likely won’t happen.The only real way is for people of this nation to return back to God..make a stand against the immoral laws and agendas they impose upon us.Because the next thing to come will be religous persecution…and when thats allowed to happen..then we are a doomed nation and the last beacon of a free nation will be snuffed out.If we do not return back to God…He will hand us over completely to our enemies..it is already happening..but it’s still not too late…but time is getting extremely short.God says in the bible..”if My people pray..I will heal their land.”Well America…start praying..and watch our enemies foreign and domestic fall like dominoes.

  3. The Swamp News rats , MSM=Fake News (CNN, FOX, CBS, MSNBC.etc)The Pravda/Racists Divisive Commie news and their propaganda HATE machine at full throttle! They are destroying the country within!‪ Expose, Boycott, Sue, prosecute and bring to justice all these lying Fake News Social media(Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.etc)!

    1. ONE NATION, UNDER GOD??? Where’s the part you mentioned and WHY would anyone wish for slavery over FREEDOM? Makes no sense!

    2. Fred, you are exactly correct. I fell better knowing not everyone has been duped. Thank you,

    3. Sorry, wrong. It separates freedom loving people from those who are uneducated with very low IQ and indoctrinated by Marxist – communist ideology.

    4. Some people do not recognize news or are not able to think critically about what they see. They only are competent to read and provide a knee jerk reaction. A closer reading shows the New York Times DID NOT say that but spoke of some peoples reactions to the flag. Perhaps the Times was reflecting more on the division in the nation and mistrust that both political camps want to show have misguided notions. Read the damn paper to learn not to look for things that only support your point of view.

    5. Exactly, Fred. A few year past a half century ago I enlisted in the Marine Corps to fight for that old flag and I’m as willing to kill and de for it now as then…. against ALL enemies!! Semper Fi!!

  4. If you dont like the flag so much get the fuck out of this country. Go back to a country that says seig heil

  5. This article about the American Flag is itself divisive. The NYT was just reporting on trends and this article, by quoting all Republicans and Fox News, uses it as pretext for the typical diatribe against the Left and Democrats. How about writing – I don’t know – a probing truly “patriotic” piece about finding out how your Lefty neighbors also proudly hoist the Flag (on the 4th and other days of American “Reflection”) and maybe, just maybe, write about how flying the Flag is an act of UNIFICATION!

  6. New York Times should be called The New York Communist.
    They do not represent us in any way.
    I will fly my flag and would challenge them to come and take it down.

  7. The Once United Now Divided States Of America is the result of closed minded people reading rags like The New York Times! Hopefully in the near future The New York Times will adorn the trash heap of history as they well deserve!!!

  8. Yes, the flag is divisive, as is every flag. Flags separate those who follow what the flag represents from those who don’t. For millennia, they were used in battle to distinguish between those who fought for what the flag represented and those who fought against what the flag represented.

    The American flag is divisive. It divides those who love America from those who hate America. It’s no wonder the America-hating Left disparages the American flag.

  9. ANYONE not willing to stand for the flag, fly the flag at their home, say the Pledge of Allegiance with their hand over their heart, has the permission to LEAVE from the rest of the people who live here & LOVE this country. Millions have died for that flag. Every time someone trashes it, they disrespect those patriots who were willing to lay down their lives for freedom from tyranny for the next generation. GET OVER YOURSELVES. It is NOT all about YOU. There are ways to improve things without screaming & looting & rioting & burning & defacing statues & buildings. There are ways to improve things without de-funding the police, without emptying the prisons, without dismantling the rule of law. There are ways to improve things without beatings & crime & MURDER. By working together, American citizens can make this country great for all who live here & all wanting to come here through the legal processes. By working against each other, nothing will EVER improve, it will only get worse, as we are witnessing now. What a disgrace. The USA is now the laughing stock of the world.

  10. its bring AMERICAN’S together !!! people especially political divide US , and now the media joins in ??!!

  11. In most countries, it is criminal offense to desecrate national flag. You may argue that USA has the freedom to do it. I believe to desecrate national and historical items of the country has nothing to do with freedom. You have a freedom, if you hate USA, to move out. That freedom was not in communist countries and many were shot and killed even with electrical fences (as they use to have it in German concentration camps) for trying to escape from communist paradise.

  12. long lrt her wave. itis not for some if they do not like it leave it and do not cry it my flag to hell with those who hate it GOD BLESS AMERICA OUR FLAG AND MR TRUMP !!!!!!!!!!

  13. this division in our country was started by those who want personal gain .
    now we are white American,black American,irish American,italian American .
    We are all American…..

  14. Isn’t it amazing that the American flag is suddenly divisive now that America is filled with anger and people spouting their divisive anti-American sentiment. If you don’t like America, why did you come here? In what other country in the world would you be allowed to spew such anger and hatred for the country in which you live? Old Glory seems divisive because of the lies and mis-information our mainstream media touts as “the truth.”

  15. Is nothing sacred? What in the world has happened to our country? If we were actually teaching history our younger citizens especially would understand how and why the flag was designed as it is. For well over 230 yrs this flag has been our rally point. Let’s not forget that during the revolutionary war there were English, French, German, Scottish, African American, Spanish and many more races that fought for the country we are blessed to live in today. It was this great flag that the Union soldiers carried while fighting to free the slaves of their bondige. Through every war and conflict and during our day to day lives our flag has always been a symbol of our great countries unity.
    Do we always agree? Of course not, we are a country of individuals living under a common goal, the freedom to live in a country that gives you the opportunity to reach as high as you are willing to work for.
    The flag is NOT the problem. The problem is that in most cases the people that feel disenfranchised are blaming the flag for some perceived slight against them, ie lack of work, lack of education, race or religion, etc. I would recommend that you stop complaining and blaming and put your energy into changing your life. Your life is in YOUR hands. It is what YOU make of it.

  16. Does anyone read or care what NYT prints anymore? Love Fred’s comments. Maybe the haters need to find “THEIR” place.

  17. Every Flag in the world represents countries having both negative and positive qualities; do they also have divisive flags or do they proudly solute the flag in the country they have chosen to live. Maybe the New York Times is divisive for slandering the same Flag we carry into battel to protect their ‘Freedom of Press.’ US Veteran, and member of the American Legion.

  18. This just reinforces my belief that my father was right when he called the NYT, along with the LA Times, Communist rags.

  19. Who cares about NYT. Owned by nut. Reporters are trained
    Long live the flag. And I might add if the stupid Amazon ads weren’t blocking the ability to get to comment section ud have more comments. Censorship is blatant AND subtle. I’ve quit using that dumb Amazon. I’d quit google too but oh yeah we’ve let them crap media facebook Twitter and Google try to control us all. Good luck. W our worthless Congress it looks hopeless but guess what it’s not! Give me nhl not nba and nfl. Ugh

  20. How sick is this? We are Americans and this is our America. We have a US flag, the Star Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance, The Constitution and our laws which made America great for years. Now you radicals want to demolish all of these traditions and join socialism and Communism. Since the Communists have cheated to gain control, there are 50% and growing more each day, people that believe in our America. People from all over the world have wanted to come to America, and now this corrupt government is putting America at risk. We need heroes to keep America and make it great again and We the People need to stand up for America.

  21. Over this site. You can’t comment. Ok you conservatives still on Facebook Twitter and Google. Blocking ability to comment. So what. It’s in my heart. And evil won’t win out. Dumb hitler like censorship

  22. THE NEW YORK TIMES IS A COMMUNIST RAG. WHEN I WENT TO CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL IT WAS RECOMMENDED READING. THE SLIME AT THE TIME CALLED MAO TSE TONGUE THE GEORGE WASHINGTON OF CHINA. THEN THEY CALLED FIDEL CASTRO THE GEORGE WASHINGTON OF CUBA. WHAT AN INSULT TO OUR GREAT FIRST PRESIDENT. GW WARNED US. AVOID FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS. LOOK WERE WE ARE NOW. GW SAID IN TIMES OF PEACE PREPARE FOR WAR.
    JUST LOOK AT CHINA COPYING HITLER’S GROWTH PLAN. SOON WE WILL BE FORCED TO REALIZE THEIR GOALS ARE WORLD DOMINATION AND COUNTRY ACQUISITION. ONCE WE REALIZE THAT IS THEIR PLAN, WE WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO BRING BACK THE DRAFT.

    40 MILLION BLACKS IN THE USA. 266 MILLION WHITES IN THE USA. IF YOU SCARE OFF HALF YOU STILL HAVE TO SUBDUE 133 MILLION. NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE THE RESULTS. JUST CHECK THE HUNTER REGISTRATION BY STATES. WHAT IS SAD IS WHITE COMMUNISTS ARE PLAYING THE BLACKS. THE COMMUNIST SAYING IS YOU HAVE TO BREAK A FEW EGGS TO MAKE AN OMELLETE.THE DUPES BEING USED ARE KNOWN AS THE LUMPIN PROLETARIAT AND THEY ARE DISPENSIBLE. BEN FRANKLIN SAID GENTLEMEN WE HAVE TO HANG TOGETHER (STICK TOGETHER) OR SURELY WE WILL ALL HANG SEPERATELY. THOSE WHO DIVIDE US WILL ENSLAVE US. THOSE WHO TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY INTEND TO KILL YOU. THEY KILL BABIES DON’T THEY? THE SMALLER THE GOVERNMENT THE SAFER THE PEOPLE.
    SPIRIT OF AMERICA PARTY BOOK AND RADIO SHOW.

  23. THE NEW YORK TIMES IS A COMMUNIST RAG. WHEN I WENT TO CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL IT WAS RECOMMENDED READING. THE SLIME AT THE TIME CALLED MAO TSE TONGUE THE GEORGE WASHINGTON OF CHINA. THEN THEY CALLED FIDEL CASTRO THE GEORGE WASHINGTON OF CUBA. WHAT AN INSULT TO OUR GREAT FIRST PRESIDENT. GW WARNED US. AVOID FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS. LOOK WERE WE ARE NOW. GW SAID IN TIMES OF PEACE PREPARE FOR WAR.
    JUST LOOK AT CHINA COPYING HITLER’S GROWTH PLAN. SOON WE WILL BE FORCED TO REALIZE THEIR GOALS ARE WORLD DOMINATION AND COUNTRY ACQUISITION. ONCE WE REALIZE THAT IS THEIR PLAN, WE WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO BRING BACK THE DRAFT.

    SPIRIT OF AMERICA PARTY BOOK AND RADIO SHOW.

  24. Who cares what the NYT says or thinks about anything. The NYT and those working there are a prime example of our failed education system especially the schools of journalism. The NYT is not a newspaper, it’s a propaganda machine for the “woke” and the socialist hate mongers, and history will show they speak only to and for a small minority.

  25. If you don’t Love our Flag And Our Country, LEAVE. I have caught and put My Life on the Line for This Country because I LOVE IT, and if YOU DON’T then Go Somewhere Else.

  26. It is so sad that our America has become so divided. This America has given everyone of us more freedom and more opportunities than any other place in this world. Yet we find fault with it. They want to make it into a country that has none of the freedoms and opportunities we have today. They want to teach more socialism and hate in our elementary, middle school and high school. It has been going on for a long time in our colleges. When we have the head of a huge company, NIKE, say “Nike is a brand that is of China and for China,” We are in some serious trouble. We need to stay strong in our support for our country and elect people to Congress and the Presidency that believe in what America stands for and that will fight against the lies that are being spread by the ones with this Socialist agenda. We need to ensure our justice system convicts everyone that breaks our law with the same intensity regardless of their political affiliation, May God Bless America and may God give us the blessings and help we need to same our great America.

  27. This is America’s flag.. if you don’t respect it, find another country with a flag you like… “Good luck”..
    If you’re offended by the flag.. I’m offended by you for being offended. Nobody is asking you to live here.
    If you don’t like the freedoms you have by this flag, find another flag with the same freedoms.. (if you can)
    Millions, even tho they are Illegals, are rushing to get into the US. If you left, it would be a space for someone
    who wants to be here, and “Don’t let the door kick you in the ASS on your way out”
    “YOU AINT LEFT YET..”

  28. It’s amazing to me that the people running the New York Times never seem to get tired of making fools of themselves.

  29. Our flag is not a “worship” item, but is a precious reminder of all Americans have sacrificed and stood for in the cause for freedom and liberty here at home and around the world. I don’t worship it, but I show it deep respect in honor of my country and all those who shed their blood for our nation and our freedom! If you don’t like our country, feel free to leave!!!

    1. Good idea .who’s don’t like USA flag then should get out of this country move somewhere else.
      I am immigrant 50 years ago I love my country USA.. people’s should know how lucky they are to live in USA.
      GOD BLESS AMERICA

  30. The flag of the United States should never be divisive but I guess this came into vogue when most of the Democrats preferred to be represented by the Confederate Flag. I thought this had ended but evidently I was wrong. Or perhaps they now prefer to be represented by the Hammer and Sickle. As for me, give me the Stars and Stripes forever.

  31. The New York Times and Washington Post are divisive not the flag .They would do well to remember what happens to journalists after a communist take over !Those who forget history are doomed to relive it !

  32. I have the opinion that those who dislike our flag should GTF out of our country and go to a country of their choice. I have seen a lot of the world, and there is no place like our USA.

  33. The Democrats…every single one of them need to spend at least a year in Iran, Cuba, N. Korea, China or Russia to see
    how good they have it. There are millions of REAL AMERICANS who fought and died for that flag and all that it represented. You burn the flag…….you go to jail for a year. The libs are a cancer that are destroying this country
    and the black lives movement is a total joke and travesty. Every international poll over the last 20 years has shown that the US is the LEAST racist country on the globe. Why are millions trying to steal their way in now.

  34. Communism is one of the marks of Satan, he’s desperately spreading it throughout the world in anticipation of the Second Coming! Satan is in control of the world at this point, but he knows his days are numbered. Destroying the real meaning of the flag, changing history, diluting the unity and strength of the nation, and getting all races against one another, are some of his tactics. Collapsing the American economy will be the last straw that broke the camel’s back. He is getting close!

  35. If the flag is so divisive to people then there better off finding another country to go live in. I fought under that flag when the country turn their backs on service men an women. So if it hurts them to look at the American Flag there better off finding another place to live.

  36. I find it very sad that those who hold these negative ideas live under the very freedoms that allow them to have and share such ugly ideas…..

  37. Funny how some think they are better qualified than others to honor and or dishonor our flag. The flag is a unifying symbol of our nation, not a dividing one. Our flag did nothing to those who wish to dishonor it, expect to give them the right to freely speak out against it. Those who kneel during the national anthem better think. If they were from China, Russia, or Iran and kneeled during one of their national anthem’s they would be shot upon returning to their country. Our flag stands for freedom of expression. They are allowed to hate it here even if they are citizens regardless of how shameful that might be.

  38. Old Glory causes a very distinct division between those Americans who took the time to learn and understand it origins, and those who believe the twisted ideology of a growing number of teachers and professors who have used the freedoms of this great nation to get gain.
    I personally have a rich history of family and friends who have laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. They have shed blood for the down trodden, enslaved, persecuted, and silenced citizens throughout the world. seeing the Stars and Stripes raised over the land, while our National Anthem is played, always moves me to tender emotions. Watching our soldiers, and first responders being taken to their earthly resting place with this beautiful emblem draped over their casket reminds me of the selfless sacrifice these unsung hero’s have made. Seeing our flag flying high over our land brings peace, knowing that I still live in a country where freedoms and rights for all are still protected. However, there are many living under the guise of honorable politicians and activists, whose political party, for decades, have successfully denied rights and freedoms for specific races and religious ideologies. Who are now focused on shifting blame, or better yet, erasing history that will condemn them. God knows them and knows the darkness in their hearts and souls. Damage done.

  39. That is *not* America’s flag!

    It’s the United States of America’s flag and it should be divisive for those who know the difference between American and the United States of America.

    That’s right! America and the United States of America are NOT the same thing! Not even close.

    In fact, early 1600’s Puritan America whose governments of, by, and for God were established upon the Bible’s immutable/unchanging moral law was sacrificed on the altar of the late 1700s Enlightenment United States of America whose humanistic government of, by, and for the people was established upon capricious man-made traditions (aka the biblically seditious Constitution).

    The latter is also known as the Grand Experiment in Self Government. Self-government!?! Gee, what could go wrong? Everything, just open your eyes and look around you. Everything gone wrong in America nationally is the consequence of this monumental case of biblical sedition committed by the 1787 cadre of Enlightenment and Masonic theistic rationalists.

    Thus, ours is not to save the United States of America but to, Lord willing, restore America.

    For more regarding these two polar opposite forms of government, see Chapter 3 “The Preamble: We the People vs. Yahweh” of free online book “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at Bible versus Constitution dot org. Click on the top entry and scroll down to Chapter 3.

    Then find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the sidebar and receive a free copy of the 85-page “Primer” of “BL vs. USC.”

  40. As a retired Military Veteran who was willing (still am) to die for flag and country, I find it hugely distasteful to see people using the flag as a piece of clothing, i.e., shorts, pants, doo-rag, hat, gym bag, luggage, etc.. Even worse, when they sit on those shorts, pants, skirts, skorts, they are parking their dirty behinds on the symbol of the nation. And I’m not bothered by those who exercise their civil rights, i.e., freedom of expression, to kneel, raise a fist, etc., when the flag is honored by the national anthem. But those who demean our flag by wearing it are disgusting and unpatriotic.

  41. If. Those people are complaining about what Our Flag means to we deplorable, perhaps they should move to another country! The door swings out as well as in!!

  42. If you don’t like our great flag then get the hell out of our country. If you don’t like our national anthem then get the hell out of our country. If you turn your back or take a knee when the anthem is played your a racist ,a bigot, and a traitor. To all of you professional athletes that do these kinds of things, it’s a little like biting the hand that feeds you. You are offending millions of Americans. Without those fans you idiots don’t have a job. Think about that for a while. If you can’t show the proper respect for our flag, our anthem, our people and our country you need a real history lesson and get the hell out. Are you starting to see a pattern here ???

  43. To ALL Ameican flag-haters, I will just say this: GO TO EFFING CHINA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA,- ANYWHERE except staying here. Leave the flag and the country to those who LOVE them. You do NOT deserve to live under the protection of the greatest country in the world! End of rant.

  44. The NYT is one of the most divisive influences in this country. They sponsored a “journalist” that wrote the 1619
    false racial history course.

  45. If there’s ANYTHING divisive in America……

    It’s that rag The New York Times.

    I wouldn’t use it to wipe my arse, would be too afraid of catching some liberal disease.

  46. these Marxists need to go to a country that they have in common.. We believe in free speech, our flag,among other things… these slimeballs do not belong in a free country… deport them all

  47. People who object to our American flag are NOT TRUE AMERICANS. They only look for ways and reasons to criticize the one symbol that stands for the most miraculous country in the entire world. IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE AMERICAN FLAG, THEN MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE AND SEE IF IT’S BETTER.

  48. I feel that the Democratic Party is purposefully pushing all the rhetoric about our flag and racism to learn too hate the Republicans and they seem to be getting away with it what I don’t understand is that the Republicans doesn’t seem to do anything about it except report and report but it falls only the Republicans ears. We had such respect for the house, government and the supreme courts. No more and it’s very very sad.

  49. Dear Staph: What, exactly, do you mean by, “Extreme Nationalism”? I have been saying this ever since what I call The Reign of the Two Janets – Reno & Napolitano: “I may become an ‘Enemy of The State, but never of ‘We, the People’.”

  50. New York Times should be SHUT DOWN!!!! evidently nyt does not honor nor respect ANYTHING!!! KICK THEM OUT OF OUR COUNTRY!!!! What have they EVER done to protect or promote OUR COUNTRY???? GET RID OF THEM!!! they are only good to line our garbage cans!!!!

  51. What is it those idiots don’t understand about our National Ensign? It has absolutely nothing to do with race but has everything to do with this once free country. As a young man I served in the Navy during wartime. Since our ship operated exclusively in restricted enemy waters we seldom showed the colors but when we got to an area where we did, we were all very proud. And I might add that we had some black men aboard, too. And they were MEN and not like the BLM trash we have to contend with now.