by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News
(Story updated below)
One of the big problems in America today is how some people see false racism or bigotry nearly everywhere they look. They see what they want to see.
A bigger problem is many of those people are in positions of authority.
Such is the case in a Chicago suburb, where four firefighters have been relieved of their duties for refusing to remove American flags from their lockers and helmets. The four were disciplined after they refused to comply with an order issued last week by Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh.
He claims that there is a culture of racism in the department and issued a strict memo saying all decals and stickers, including American flags and military stickers, should be removed from lockers and helmets.
‘As a fire chief here, I cannot afford nor tolerate,’ he told WGN. He cites a picture of a monkey smoking a cigarette that he found taped on a locker as evidence of the racist culture.
WGN has video coverage of this insane story:
It is hard to believe America has come to a point where a Fire Chief — on the eve of 9/11 — could have such disrespect for our flag and what it stands for.
UPDATE: YOUR CALLS AND EMAILS WORKED – THE MAYOR FORCED THE CHIEF TO BACK DOWN
From WMAQ-TV: Firefighters may return to work and can keep their American flag stickers posted, Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh said, after he was the target of massive pressure from the public. However the firefighters say that they are still filing a hostile work grievance against the Chief.
Some firefighters told Top Right News that the Chief is still banning stickers such as for the branches of service in which they served, 9/11 remembrances, etc, and say many feel that Mayor Perkins should fire Bronaugh for making irresponsible and inflammatory statements alleging false “racism,” and retaliating against those displaying the American flag.
If you agree the Chief should GO, you can (respectfully) contact the Mayor of Maywood, IL, Edweena Perkins, here, or call 708-450-4486.