By James C. Frasure III – InnerKwest
Supporters of President Donald Trump wave a Betsy Ross flag with a circle of 13 five-point stars representing the 13 original colonies during a protest Dec. 12 (2020) in Washington DC.
Police on Sunday said they were investigating the incidents at the Asbury United Methodist Church and Metropolitan A.M.E. Church as potential hate crimes, which one religious leader likened to a cross burning.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) December 13, 2020
Four men were stabbed around 10 p.m. after a fight downtown, police said. At least one suspect, 29 year-old Phillip Johnson of Washington, was arrested on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. A police report obtained by The Associated Press said at least one of the victims identified Johnson as the person who stabbed him.
After the rallies ended, downtown Washington quickly devolved into crowds of hundreds of Proud Boys and combined forces of antifa and local Black activists — both sides seeking a confrontation in an area flooded with police officers. As dusk fell, they faced off on opposite sides of a street, with multiple lines of city police and federal Park Police, some in riot gear, keeping them separated.
Some in the crowd of haters were flying the Betsy Ross thirteen colony flag. That flag was created during slavery and should be regarded as the symbol how Blacks were the security and foundational footing for the 13 colonies. Therefore, the flag shown below is intrinsically more symbolic than the misleading Ross flag.
It’s quite unfortunate the Proud Boys and whoever else believe their herd mentality affords them an impervious insulation. They may have vandalized some African American churches and torn down Black Lives Matter sign only to be replaced.