Final ruling could set dangerous precedent for free speech
AUGUST 4, 2016
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is currently debating whether attire bearing the Gadsden flag symbol can be construed as racial harassment.
The case began in 2014 at a private business when a black employee filed a complaint with the agency over a coworker who regularly wore a hat featuring the iconic snake and the “don’t tread on me” phrase.
The complaint alleged the flag was inherently racist because Christopher Gadsden, the flag’s designer, was “a slave trader & owner of slaves.” Even though the hat’s owner never made any racist comments according to the complaint, the black employee asserted the symbol is a “historical indicator of white resentment against blacks stemming largely from the Tea Party.”
The complainant also notes that the coworker continued wearing the hat even after being…
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