Every day police and other first responders show up to work because they are essential. They know that a virus exists that has been known to kill vulnerable people, but they still take the risk because their work is important and our society cannot function without them. Several police officers have died from COVID since the pandemic began, including Taunton Police Officer John Borges.
When you go to work every day during a pandemic, and then you contract the virus and it kills you, you are a hero. That is what the thin blue line represents – men and women like John Borges.
Sadly his legacy, and the legacy of many other cops before him, is being tarnished by some activists who want a thin blue line flag outside of the school resource officer’s office removed from Taunton High School.
Taunton High School Principal Matthew Mattos sent a letter to the school community Monday explaining that Taunton High administrators and staff will be meeting this week with students who have expressed concerns about a thin blue line flag mural outside of the school resource officers’ office. According to Mattos, the mural, which includes the flag, has been up at the school since the 2018-2019 school year when students and school resource officers (SROs) painted it together. It is part of the “Cop’s Corner” wall in the SROs’ “study buddy” relaxation area outside of their office where students are meant to gather, sit and do schoolwork.
Kids helped paint that flag shortly after Michael Chesna and Sean Gannon were murdered in the line of duty, neither of which took place far from Taunton. But that was back before it become cool to shit on cops and generalize them as sociopathic racist murderers. Now that a rogue cop in Minnesota (who was arrested and charged with murder) knelt on George Floyd’s neck while he overdosed on fentanyl, we’re all supposed to forget about the sacrifices other cops have made and jump on the Fuck 12 bandwagon by pretending to be offended by the thin blue line flag.
The movement to have the flag removed is being championed by this cheesehog.
Here’s why April Cabrera Funches has a problem with it:
April Cabrera Funches, president of Taunton Diversity Network (TDN), said that many students at Taunton High School may feel unsafe in the space because of the flag’s history of being used in reaction and opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement, which protested police brutality against Black people. She also pointed out that the flag was flown during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
Funches said TDN is requesting the flag be removed and replaced with something that would be welcoming and inclusive to all students.
“We appreciate the police and the work they do, we just think that there is a better approach to creating these relationships,” she wrote via text.
Not a single student feels “unsafe” because of a thin blue line mural that seems to have been painted by several students who are minorities themselves. Not one. It’s all just made up, performative outrage to see how much they can get away with while continuing to milk George Floyd’s death for all it’s worth.
It doesn’t matter if some racist guy flew the flag, or if you saw it at the Capitol riot. I saw gay pride flags there too, and no one’s trying to ban that. The flag’s meaning doesn’t change based on who’s holding it.
It’s also never been in opposition to black people or black lives. It’s simply a reminder that police die in encounters with people of all races too. Black lives matter, but so did John Borges, Michael Chesna, Ron Tarentino, and Sean Gannon.
But apparently to April Funches the only lives worth commemorating or remembering are black people who were killed by police. Black people who die from disease or gun violence don’t count. Just the ones who die while resisting arrest.
Don’t get her wrong though, she does like cops. As long as they’re not white.
Which is fine, because the thin blue line flag doesn’t discriminate long racial lines, unlike hypocrites like April Funches.
We are in the midst of a culture war, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. You have to fight every single one of these battles, and you can never, ever give frauds like April Funches an inch. They don’t come in good faith, they lie about kids being “scared” of a mural, and they exist to push a Marxist anti-police agenda. They are our enemies, and they don’t want to get along with any of us. Stop trying to find common ground with them and start calling them out on their bullshit.
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