My local paper reminds its readers down in Potter County that their majoritarian excuses for keeping the traitor flag of the Confederacy on the Gettysburg Police Department Facebook page and uniforms ignore the fundamental racist power and intimidation of that symbol:
Gettysburg residents offered their opinions in that Capitol Journal story:
“I don’t associate looking at the patch with racism.”
“I wouldn’t have even been aware of the emblem, to tell you what was on there.”
“I didn’t even know they had it on their uniforms until this controversy broke. When I see the Confederate flag, I don’t think of anything.”
“Those don’t bother me. They’re things that really don’t matter.”
These are the privileged and convenient thoughts of those in the majority. While the patch or the statues don’t bother these folks, they are not looking outward to what it means to their neighbors. They are not recognizing the power of those totems to give racists motivation, a cause and tacit approval [editorial, “In America’s Racial Divide, Which Side Are You On?” Aberdeen American News, 2017.08.19].
It’s easy to make excuses for racism when you’re not on the losing end of discrimination.
Meanwhile, the only local news the Gettysburg PD has posted this month is a photo of Sheriff Hamburger training kids to use guns safely and an announcement that Potter County has lifted its burn ban. On Gettysburg police uniforms, racism burns unabated.