In a move that has most law enforcement professionals and conservatives shaking their heads in disgust, the Biden administration has authorized U.S. Embassies around the world to fly the Black Lives Matter Flag for the rest of this year to commemorate the death of George Floyd, which took place one year ago today.
“According to Human Events, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has issued a directive to all “Diplomatic and Consular posts” in regard to the commemoration of the death of George Floyd on May 25. Human Events says they got a leaked copy of the directive,“ according to Red State.
“The directive describes the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement and notes the following:
“May 25 marks the one-year commemoration of George Floyd’s murder. For 9 minutes and 29 seconds, the world saw firsthand how police officers brutally took the life of an unarmed Black man in the United States. These viral images ignited national and global Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests and demonstrations. This tragedy joined a long line of Black men and women who have suffered at the hands of police brutality. These national and global protests sparked a movement to confront systems perpetuating deep-seated inequities rooted in colonialism and the oppression of racial, tribal, ethnic, and other minority communities. Mr. Floyd’s murder prompted an international outcry to seek racial justice and equity by dismantling systemic racism and eradicating police brutality affecting communities of color, most acutely, people of African descent.
“The directive encouraged the usage of BLM terms and messaging.
“The Department supports the use of the term “Black Lives Matter” in messaging content, speeches, and other diplomatic engagements with foreign audiences to advance racial equity and access to justice on May 25 and beyond. We encourage posts to focus on the need to eliminate systemic racism and its continued impact.
“This directive gives the Chief of Mission at any of these posts a blanket authorization to fly the BLM flag on the external flagpole for the calendar year 2021. It’s not a “requirement,” but it is an authorization. So not just for May 25, but for the year, if they choose to have it. While they mention messaging mostly around May 25, it’s clearly an authorization for beyond just that day.” [emphasis added]
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