How Things Change

In October 1968, Activist Abbie Hoffman wearing a shirt, bought at Sears, that resembled the American flag was arrested and jailed for flag desecration. In May of 2005, Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard Myers wore a very similar shirt, resembling the American flag, to a Memorial Day rally in Washington DC and he was deemed patriotic.

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In 1968, most states had laws that prohibited flag desecration. In 1989 and 1990 the Supreme Court struck down the flag desecration laws. Although it is not illegal, both shirts go against the U.S. Flag Code, which is a set of guidelines that govern flag usage. Interestingly, the Flag Code was originally written in the 1880’s to protest the use of the flags in advertising.
Click here for a link to All Things Considered on NPR that gives some history of the Flag code.


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