This is from Independent Journal Review.

Political Correctness running wild.


Ahead of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, four firefighters from Chicago are being suspended for having American flags and pro-military stickers on their lockers and helmets. NBC Chicago reported:

The Maywood firefighters say they were ordered to go home for refusing to remove stickers of American flags after their fire chief implemented a ban on all stickers.

When the Maywood Chief was asked about disciplining the firemen, he claimed that it was due to a picture of a monkey and an American flag placed on a locker which equated to racism. However, the four firefighters (one of whom is an African American and another of Cuban descent) disagree and say that was a 10-year-old practical joke.

The firefighters explained that this was a personal attack and that it had nothing to do with racism. They decided to post American flag and pro-military stickers on their lockers, after the chief had ordered an American flag to be removed from the inside of the fire station without giving any reason why.

Here’s the thing: the firefighter uniform has an American flag embroidered on the shoulder, so the firemen couldn’t comprehend removing the ones they had on their lockers and helmets.

Fortunately, the four firemen’s voices have been heard. According to WGN-TV, the chief made the decision to put “department issued flags on every locker in every room.”

One of the reinstated firefighters, David Flowers, said, “For guys to have 9/11 memorials on their helmets, that means somethingIt’s burned into some guys helmetsit means a lot.”

Those who put their lives on the line for others should be given the freedom to express themselves and inspire others to follow their outstanding examples. When patriotism and pride in one’s job and nation are marginalized, it makes the country a less united place.