State Government

Senator protests Corrections ban on ‘thin gray line’ flag

by Guy Page

A Vermont state senator objects to a recent Vermont Dept. of Corrections ban on the ‘thin gray line’ flag meant to show support for corrections officers. Commissioner James Baker said that the once-acceptable flag “has become a symbol of divisiveness” that has been “hijacked, weaponized and used for a more nefarious purpose as we witnessed on January 6, 2021 at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC.”

“What the Commissioner doesn’t realize or maybe he does, is that any support shown for DOC, Law Enforcement, the Military or Homeland Security is going to be weaponized by the left as something offensive,” Sen. Russ Ingalls (R-Essex-Orleans) told Vermont Daily yesterday.

Ingalls was referring to this following memo from Baker to DOC superintendents and district managers:

“In the Spring of 2020, at the point we realized how damaging and challenging the COVID-19 virus was going to be, there was a grassroots rally of support for Vermont DOC that grew organically. There were parades, food delivered, and the lasting chosen symbol of support was the thin gray line signs offering a symbol of support meant as a way to say: “Thank you. Protect and Serve.”

“At the time, the abstract message conveyed through this symbol was intended as a show of support to those sacrificing and serving in the facilities and the field. Those who understood and appreciated the message were Vermont DOC members, families, and colleagues. In recent months the symbolic message of the thin line flags have been revealed to have a new meaning. In fact, it was hijacked, weaponized, and used for a more nefarious purpose as we witnessed on January 6, 2021 at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC. For many, the thin line has become a symbol of divisiveness. That divisiveness is leading to a divide that is not helpful – in fact in some eyes harmful. The thin line of all colors is being used as a symbol of intimidation, intended to evoke fear in the hearts and minds of people from marginalized communities, especially Black/brown, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). This representation as an intimidation tactic goes against our values as a department and a community whose goal is to serve, protect, and respect all in our custody.

“As in many justice-based organizations, I am directing that the Superintendents and District Managers to remove all thin gray line signs in and around our facilities and offices. In lieu of those signs I am creating a working group to create a permanent symbol of support for the work, values, and individuals of the Vermont DOC. The goal is to create signs and symbols that are inclusive and celebrate the commitment and care Vermont DOC staff put into our work and our communities. Signs will be made by our industrial shop staff to be displayed in and around our work locations.

“I have asked District Manager Joe Sampsell to chair the committee and report back no later than June 1, 2021 with a design and recommendation on how to best message the professionalism and dedication of those who serve in Vermont DOC. Our Equity and Inclusion Consultant Tabitha Moore will assist the committee work.”

“The Commissioner can ask for anything he’d like to replace the proud thin line flag but unless it’s a derivative of the BLM flag, a gay pride flag, or anything that the left supports, then it will be found to be offensive,” Ingalls said. “Stand proud DOC and all that are in uniform that answer the call to keep us safe. I stand with you. You are my heroes. Thank you for your service.”

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  1. The Senator’s objection is filled with irony and blatant hypocrisy. Somehow Black Lives Matter signs, murals, and flags are completely acceptable (even though this organization incited riots, vandalism, and rampant crime across the country) but supporting those who “protect and serve” is offensive and divisive.

    • SaraElizabeth is likely referring to Commissioner James Baker’s decision to ignore the current Law Enforcement recognition period being observed now, his own employees, their needs and feelings. Senator Russ Ingalls objections to the Commissioner’s actions are brave, forthright and deserve our thanks!! The thin blue flag stands in support of our entire law enforcement community. How some may misunderstand or misuse those symbols of support are not representative of anyone but themselves. I salute Senator Ingalls!

      • Yes, that is exactly what I meant to say. Whoops, I mixed up the titles of the two men (Changes the meaning of my comment quite a bit.)

  2. Thank You, Guy Page, Saraelizabeth, and Senator Russ Ingalls. There are countless left-wing “social justice” organizations that have highjacked “Peace&Justice”, a code phrase for their own nefarious self interests. Pro-Palestine organizations are particularly fond of these terms, but they really mean the opposite for anybody negatively affected by these out-of-control “social justice” clown cars.
    Their “peace and justice” are only for their socialist (wanna-be, junior varsity communists) propaganda use. If a social justice mobster steals your Blue Lives Matter, or Thin Gray Line poster/flag, no harm, no foul to the leftist lunatic fringe. But, G-d forbid you and I steal a Black Lives Matter banner or sign.
    Here is a speech given by Malcolm X, 1963. He doesn’t have anything nice to say about these white liberals with their pet lawn signs and their ridiculous cozying up to the black man. But, of course, I must be a racist.

    “The white liberal is the worst enemy to America, and the worst enemy to the black man. Let me explain what I mean by the white liberal. In America there is no such thing as Democrat or Republican anymore. In America you have liberals and conservatives. The only people living in the past who think in terms of I’m a Democrat or Republican, is the American Negro. He’s the one that runs around bragging about party affiliation. He’s the one that sticks to the Democrat or sticks to the Republican. But white people are divided into two groups, liberals and conservative. The Democrats who are conservative, vote with the Republicans who are conservative. The Democrats who are liberal vote with the Republicans that are liberal. The white liberal aren’t white people who are for independence, who are moral and ethical in their thinking. They are just a faction of white people that are jockeying for power. The same as the white conservative is a faction of white people that are jockeying for power. They are fighting each other for power and prestige, and the one that is the football in the game is the Negro, 20 million black people. A political football, a political pawn, an economic football, and economic pawn. A social football, a social pawn. The liberal elements of whites are those who have perfected the art of selling themselves to the Negro as a friend of the Negro. Getting sympathy of the Negro, getting the allegiance of the Negro, and getting the mind of the Negro. Then the Negro sides with the white liberal, and the white liberal use the Negro against the white conservative. So that anything that the Negro does is never for his own good, never for his own advancement, never for his own progress, he’s only a pawn in the hands of the white liberal. The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros, and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked, or deceived by the white liberal then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man. The only way that our problem will be solved is when the black man wakes up, clean himself up, stand on his own feet and stop begging the white man, and take immediate steps to do for ourselves the things that we have been waiting on the white man to do for us. Once we do for self then we will be able to solve our own problems’ “The white conservatives aren’t friends of the Negro either, but they at least don’t try to hide it. They are like wolves; they show their teeth in a snarl that keeps the Negro always aware of where he stands with them. But the white liberals are foxes, who also show their teeth to the Negro but pretend that they are smiling. The white liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives; they lure the Negro, and as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he flees into the open jaws of the “smiling” fox. One is the wolf, the other is a fox. No matter what, they’ll both eat you.”

  3. This has got to STOP. Patriotic Americans (no crime there, dolts in the legisature) who do not become easily deluded or brain-washed by you and your propagandized media have had ENOUGH!!!!!!!

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