An Air Force Veteran was arrested by cops and banned from a University campus after she picked up a US flag from the ground where students were walking on it in a protest against “slavery”.
The incident, which took place at Valdosta State University, was captured on video.
The veteran, Michelle Manhart, told cops that she was taking the flag to dispose of it properly. The ‘protesters’ gathered around and accused her of stealing the flag, then complained of ‘white privilege’ when the cops did not immediately arrest her.
“You would’ve had a n***** in handcuffs by now.” one of the students is heard saying in the clip.
Eventually, Manhart was forced to the ground by cops and handcuffed. She was detained and taken into custody. However, the protesters declined to press charges after the flag was returned to them, and the cops chose not to charge her with resisting arrest.
The Valdosta Daily Times reports that Manhart was given a criminal trespass warning, which effectively bans her from engaging in any university activity.
It is not entirely clear what the students were protesting against as they declined to speak at length to reporters. However, one student claimed that walking on the American flag constitutes “a symbol of our protest. When a slave understands his situation and understands he doesn’t want to be in slavery, he does not respect or revere anything his slavemaster has put in front of him.”
“To walk on the flag is walking on our symbol of freedom.” Manhart told reporters.
“You have the freedom to do what you are doing because of it. I’m not fighting against them. I’m fighting against the way they are going about it.” she added.
In a further Facebook post, Manhart wrote:
“This first picture is what was going on at Valdosta “State” University for 3 days…The campus refused to do anything about it … So we decided to get the flag and give it the respect it deserved…We just wanted to remove it and dispose of it properly…The American flag represents our Freedom why would you want to walk on that??? Please repost as much as possible make this go viral people need to see the truth…I wonder if “Donors” of VSU are ok with this blatant disrespect of the flag.”
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.