Bill to ban the BLM flag in U.S. embassies introduced by House Republicans
WASHINGTON – Republicans in the House of Representatives introduced the Stars and Stripes Act of 2021, which seeks to ban certain “political” flags, like the Black Lives Matter flag, from flying at diplomatic and consular posts around the world.
It comes after the State Department issued a memo declaring its support for the term “Black Lives Matter” ahead of the May 25 anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. The memo allows U.S. diplomats to fly the Black Lives Matter flag outside embassies, Fox News confirmed.
Blinkin previously allowed embassies to fly the LGBTQ pride flag from May 17 through the end of June, which is also pride month.
Representative Nicole Malliotakis, who drafted the bill, said it was “inappropriate for President Biden and Secretary Blinken to allow and encourage the display of inherently political flags that are in no way affiliated to the US government on US embassies abroad “.
“The American flag is a beacon of freedom and hope for oppressed people around the world; it should be the main flag hoisted above our embassies and that is what my legislation seeks to accomplish, ”she said in a statement. Press release.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA – 2021/04/20: A protester waves a Black Lives Matter flag during the protest. Hours after Derek Chauvin trial verdict, protesters gather outside the home of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to protest
The co-sponsors of the bill are Representatives Elise Stefanik, Ken Buck, Darrell Issa, Brian Mast, Pete Sessions and Michael Guest.
Guest called George Floyd’s death important to discussions surrounding police reform, but said it was not allowed to use US resources to display a non-government flag over US embassies.
“I encourage every American to exercise their First Amendment right to free speech and to continue civil dialogue on this issue. However, these discussions should not be broadcast on an international stage,” Guest said. “The resources of our country must be used to emphasize our unity, not our political divisions.”
This story was reported from Atlanta.