Today is Flag Day, which celebrates the adoption of the United States flag in 1777. Naturally, someone is bound to be offended. This year, that somebody happens to be anti-immigration acvitist Mark Krikorian, who took to the National Review online to strongly criticize the Washington Post for featuring a front-page image of a tall ship flying the Mexican flag.
The front page photograph (seen below) is of the “Star-Spangled Sailabration” in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the composition of the American national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” The photo’s headline is “Oh, say, can they see” and the image shows sailors standing the mast of a tall ship, with a big flag on top.
“So far, so good,” Krikorian remarked. “But it’s the Mexican flag.”
“Now, Mexico has a fine flag and citizens of that country should honor it on their own Dia de la Bandera and foreigners should treat it with the respect due the symbol of a proud nation,” he continued. “But today is our Flag Day and the Post’s decision to feature a three-column, above-the-fold photo of another nation’s flag was an intentional act of contempt, spitting in the face of the yahoos by demonstrating their morally superior post-Americanism.”
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