Tweet of the Day: Pledge of Allegiance does not say ‘with liberty and justice for whites’

A protester preparing to join Al Sharpton and 5,000 other demonstrators in Washington, D.C., today in a march opposing racist police has a message that gets no argument from me. I just wonder whether the man holding the sign in the tweet below believes there’s anyone who would quibble with his sentiment — to wit, that the Pledge of Allegiance does not specify “liberty and justice for whites.”

I can state without fear of contradiction that it does not. At the same time, the Pledge does offer a promise of “liberty and justice to whites” who take the oath insofar as it specifies “liberty and justice for all“— including whites.

But that opens another can of worms. We have been hearing much in the past few days about how today’s march on Washington and other protests are on behalf of the black community. Any effort to extend the grievance beyond that group is subject to rebuke. Just ask Kathleen McCartney, president of Smith College, who was taken to the woodshed for declaring in an email to the student body that “all lives matter.” So harsh was the criticism directed at her that she issued an apology.

Similarly, organizers of the “Millions March New York City” protest, scheduled to start at 2 p.m. today, have warned non-black marchers not to wear t-shirts with the message “I can’t breathe.” Instead, advises Hannibal TheCannibal at the march’s Facebook page:

Try … “He couldn’t breathe” “They can’t breathe”. This is about specifically the BLACK community, about BLACKS affected by unjust police brutality. do NOT make this about the white community– it already has enough about it.

Including it seems the sign shown in the tweet above. How dare this guy make today about whites!

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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