The U.S. Navy has succumbed to civil unrest against police brutality, and decided to prohibit a historical national flag.
The Navy will ban the Confederate battle flag from public spaces at installations, ships, and aircraft. The break in maritime tradition came after weeks of extreme, ‘anarchist’ protests swept across the nation against the death in custody of Minnesotan George Floyd. Local police allegedly handcuffed and kneed Floyd’s throat before he became unresponsive and later died on May 25.
“I directed my staff to begin crafting an order that would prohibit the Confederate battle flag from all public spaces and work areas aboard Navy installations, ships, aircraft and submarines,” U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said on Twitter.
Gilday promised removing the flag would make it easier to unite Americans and restore peace.
“The order is meant to ensure unit cohesion, preserve good order and discipline, and uphold the Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment,” he said.
Black rights advocates claim the Confederate “stainless banner” flag, which features a navy blue cross decorated with white stars and on a bright-red background, represents a time in national history where Africans Americans suffered from slavery and racial discrimination.
The Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps previously ordered the Confederate battle flag to be removed from all installations. It also prohibited printing the same flag design on souvenir mugs and car bumper stickers.
A U.S. Army official hinted Secretary Ryan McCarthy was also willing to facilitate a bipartisan conversation about rebranding Army bases that were named after Confederate leaders according to Reuters. Fort Hood, Texas, for example, is named in honor of Gen. John Bell Hood.
In a separate incident sportswear manufacturer Nike controversially pulled its July 4 Air Max sneakers, which were decorated with the Betsy Ross flag, because the design was also taken from a time when black people were enslaved in the United States.
The decision caused the value of remaining Betsy Ross sneakers to skyrocket to thousands of dollars on several online auction websites. A number of sneakers are still available on the eBay America website.
The Oval Office recently appointed the nation’s first African American to lead the national military service.
“My decision to appoint U.S. Air Force General Charles Brown as the USA’s first African American military service chief has now been approved by the Senate,” President Donald Trump said on Twitter. “A historic day for America! Excited to work even more closely with Gen. Brown, who is a patriot and great leader.”