So, in 2014, a USPS employee filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claiming that a co-worker repeatedly wore the famous Gadsden flag (see picture) on t-shirts and hats and the claimant asserted that the flag was a symbol of racism.
In his RIDICULOUS complaint, this individual alleged that because the flag’s designer happened to own slaves during the Revolutionary era (sorry folks, but many people did at that time) that the flag itself demonstrates overt white supremacy and creates a hostile work environment. Aside from the utter idiocy of oversensitive people, in order to bring a successful claim of hostile work environment against an employer, the conduct in question must be so severe and pervasive that it permeates the work environment and interferes with one’s ability to perform one’s job. If the sight of a historic symbol of the founding of the country in which one lives make one unable to perform his/her job, then that person needs professional help.
In a modicum of sanity, the EEOC investigated the complaint; however, was neither charged with deciding whether the flag was a racist symbol nor banning it from workplaces. The EEOC said since there was no other complaint tied to the particular employer regarding race harassment or retaliation, they returned the case to the post office.
Is it only me (I know it’s not, but this was a good place to start) who has noticed the colossal increase in racist talk since the current “president” was elected? He has pushed political correctness so far that EVERYTHING that even mildly offends someone is considered racist or xenophobic. I have never had a racist bone in my body (and still don’t) but this is going way too far. We still have a First Amendment that provides FREEDOM of speech (except for certain specific and narrow exceptions) and association. I am sick and tired of everyone taking the slightest offense to anything that is even one Planck length to the right of the current administration’s extreme liberalism.
I was initially not going to post anything remotely questionable on my blog, or Facebook, or Twitter (or even in my Raising Awareness 17 Syllables at a Time books) for fear of government retaliation, but hey, it’s my constitutional RIGHT to express my opinions, and for anyone who doesn’t like what I have to say, guess what, you don’t have to listen to/read it! Put on your big boy/girl pants or go away. Oh yeah, and DON’T TREAD ON ME!
By the way, check out some hilarious proposed “alternatives” to the Gadsden flag.