A group calling itself “Disarm NYPD” is set to burn U.S. flags in a Brooklyn park on Wednesday, just days before the July fourth holiday, The Blaze reported Tuesday. The Facebook event, called “Burn the American Flags,” invites supporters to join them at Fort Greene Park to “set fire to this symbol of oppression.”
According to organizers, Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof wasn’t an “isolated actor,” the Blaze said, but a “product of a consistent pattern of state-sponsored terrorism and radicalized dehumanization in America.” Initially, Oliver Darcy added, the event was set to burn Confederate battle flags, but later changed to focus on the stars and stripes instead.
“There will be no peace until we tear down this system of oppression,” the group said, echoing comments made by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. “It isn’t enough to take the flag down; we must put an end to white supremacy once and for all.” The group defended its position in a Facebook post, Darcy said.
“We find it a sign of the times that people can care so much about a piece of cloth, while at the same time be so quiet about black churches being burned all over the country,” the group said. “Perhaps this is the great difference between us and the so-called ‘patriots’. While they express their loyalty to symbols, we express our loyalty to the lives of the oppressed.”
“We do not believe the ideals of America are anything to be revered,” the group added. “We are building something that will be much better than America. While the so-called patriots yell that we should just leave, we instead choose to dream. We dream of what real freedom looks like: freedom from paramilitaries occupying our communities, beating and killing our sons and daughters; freedom from our communities being destroyed by the speculative capital of gentrification; freedom from mass surveillance; and freedom from systemic racism.”
“So, we will burn the American flag, a symbol of oppression and genocide, and in the same action, dismantle our stunted, cynical expectations of what is possible in the world,” the organization concluded. “The current trajectory of history is unsustainable. It is completely unrealistic to desire things stay as they are, and more unrealistic, even abominable, to desire to ‘go back to our roots’. We, the dreamers, are the true realists. We know things can’t continue this way, so we commit to building a better world. A world better than America.”
Last week, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh predicted the American flag would become the next target. On Tuesday, he said liberals are getting “meaner and bolder” even with recent victories in the Supreme Court.
As of Monday, over 250 people responded, saying they would attend the event. According to DNAInfo, organizers will provide one flag to burn, and asked supporters to provide their own flags.