State Trooper’s Widow Forced to Take Down ‘Thin Blue Line’ Flag After Diversity Group Called it ‘Racist’

A Maine widow whose State Trooper husband was killed in the line of duty 55 years ago was forced to take down her “Thin Blue Line” flag after a city group focused on “diversity” said it was racist, according to The Bangor Daily News. 

What: Mary Black Andrews of York, Maine put the flag up on a telephone pole at the “York Street intersection of a family compound on Andrews Way,” in memorial of her late husband. The “Thin Blue Line” flag is meant to honor police officers killed in the line of duty. But the town’s “Diversity Forum” forced her to take it down after it was deemed “racist,” citing the flag’s presence at the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally in 2017.

Town Manager Steve Burns was happy the flag was gone.

“I don’t know what the right outcome is,” he reportedly said. “This family was putting up the flag in memory of Mary’s husband. She’s feeling hurt right now. I also don’t want some visitor to think it’s a racist flag. So I’m glad it’s down. I don’t want the community festering over this.”

Andrews was not.

“God forbid we should offend anyone,” she reportedly said. “It bothers me tremendously. It’s the anniversary of his death. He gave his life to protect the public, and I gave my life to this town, and we can’t even celebrate this person. I’m sorry I offended them. It’s coming down and it won’t happen again.”

Why It Matters: The town’s Diversity Forum said it was “concerned about the message [the flag] sends.” The political left is seems to search for things to be offended by. In many cities, historical statues have been deemed “racist,” and either torn down by protestors or moved by city officials in order to please the mob. This month, the Betsy Ross Flag, considered America’s first flag, has been deemed “racist.”

The outrage routine is getting tired.

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