On July 4th, activists from leftist groups across the United States took to the streets to burn the American flag in major cities, including the nation’s capital.
The so-called #FlagBurningChallenge was premeditated using #July4BurnFlag by RevCom, followers of communist leader Bob Avakian, who ignited the challenge across the country, including Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago. RevCom called for leftists to “join the revolution to emancipate humanity.”
Last week, RevCom follower Gregory Johnson of US Supreme Court case Texas v. Johnson—which ruled that flag burning is constitutionally protected by the First Amendment—promoted the burning of the “American flag of empire and oppression.”
Among other groups present outside the White House, the anti-Trump organization Refuse Fascism kindled the flames with RevCom’s miniature flag pamphlets.
Then, they chanted “America was never great” until a giant flag was reduced to ashes.
Revolution Club LA, an Avakian branch, burned the American flag, the Confederate flag, and the Thin Blue Line flag in front of President Donald Trump’s Hollywood star.
NYC Revolution Club, another arm of Avakian, joined in counting off “slavery, genocide, and war.”
RevCom published a list of reasons for today’s anti-American actions on the patriotic holiday. Among them, the U.S. was “founded on slavery,” “built on and continues to carry out genocide of the natives people,” and “created by stealing half of Mexico’s land.”
Yet, these individuals were able to burn, desecrate, and destroy this symbol of free speech in acts of free speech—protected by free speech—in the United States of America.