Dueling Flag Challenges: Is The U.S. Flag An Icon That Unites Us Or A Prop That Divides Us?

Eric Sheppard walking on flag at Valdosta State University. Source: conservativetreehouse.com

The United States Flag seems to have become a central theme in protests and patriotism lately. Flag desecration has been a long-standing form of protest against the United States as a whole or in protest of specific grievances or policies. Though States and even the federal government have attempted to pass legislation to protect the flag, The Supreme Court has ruled TWICE that flag desecration is protected free speech, symbolic speech to be exact. Since Michelle Manhart “rescued” a flag from desecration (being walked on) at Valdosta State University, America has become fixated on the flag, both as a means of protest or getting attention and as a symbol of pride and patriotism.

The VSU protest has spawned a couple of opposing “challenges” that pit the American flag against the American flag. The “Eric Sheppard Challenge” is named after one of the VSU protesters who is currently on the run from law enforcement after a gun was reportedly found in his unattended backpack on the VSU campus. Like the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” the Eric Sheppard Challenge encourages people to desecrate the American flag, post video and challenge others to do the same. One woman, Erika Walker, on a video that has now gone viral was seen dancing on the U.S. flag while yelling “[Expletive] your flag!”

Eric Sheppard Challenge New Social Media Challenge People Disrespect And Stomp On The American Flag

Some viewed Mrs. Manhart as a hypocrite due to her posing nude with a flag as a prop.  - By PAT BAGLEY | The Salt Lake Tribune

Some viewed Mrs. Manhart as a hypocrite due to her posing nude with a flag as a prop. – By PAT BAGLEY | The Salt Lake Tribune

The incident with Michelle Manhart and Eric Sheppard’s New Black Panther Party flag protest at Valdosta State University has spurred debate and disagreement across the board. Mrs. Manhart inspired her own controversy due to her past with the flag. Some hailed Mrs. Manhart as a hero, while others accused her of infringing upon the constitutionally protected rights of the protesters. Some support Eric Sheppard and have even started a crowd-funding initiative to not only cover his legal fees, but allegedly his living expenses on the run as well. Mr. Sheppard is a self-proclaimed “terrorist against white people” and many take him at his word, calling out all who desecrate the flag as anti-American terrorists.


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However, patriotic Americans are answering the challenge as well. One Arizona man, Bryce Wagoner, posted a video of himself and his cat Sunday in hopes of renewing American pride and patriotism. Wagoner told CBS 12 News he was tired of seeing disrespect directed at the American flag. He started the challenge and his video already has over 6,000 views.

“All I ask is for people to put a flag up at their home or place of business, and display that we are all still proud to be Americans,” Wagoner said.

Bryce Wagoner “My AMERICAN FLAG challenge to EVERYONE!! Share my video the more shares the more people see this message!!!”

So America, in this new era of dueling flag challenges, where do you stand?

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15 Comments on "Dueling Flag Challenges: Is The U.S. Flag An Icon That Unites Us Or A Prop That Divides Us?"

  1. I’ve said it before. These fucking ignorant assholes who want to follow Eric P.O.S. Sheppard should leave!!!!! Just go where ever! Leave this country and don’t let the freedom kick you in the ass on the way out! Go somewhere else and see if you get your handouts! Like welfare, scholarships just because of your color! Free or discounted housing paid for by people like me who work in this country. You disgust me and all real Americans! If you hate white people and/or The United States of America GET THE FUCK OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Joshua Johnson | May 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm |

    that’s racism against America

  3. Debra Comer | May 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm |

    These young punk,ass wipes don’t have a clue. If you don’t like our country, please feel free to go the hell back whete you came from or in this fat asses case just pack & leave!

  4. Debra Comer | May 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm |

    These young punk,ass wipes don’t have a clue. If you don’t like our country, please feel free to go the hell back where you came from or in this fat asses case just pack & leave!

  5. Let me catch one of you a-holes treating that flag with anything other than respect. First youwill develop a tremendous headache, and then you’ll spend quite a lot of time trying to figure out how to get my foot out of their ass !

  6. Send all this welfare and handout disrespecting nigers back to Nigeria where they belong. If they dont like our flag then dont use our money or live here.

  7. we have a non american in the white house representing the chair of the president. He allows this shit to get votes. I dont especially like the word nigger,to me they are a black man or women
    until he or she proves different to me, then my description of their character may change. The ones living off the system were born into that society. They know nothing different, because their parents knew nothing different. Free phones, fee money, free living quarters, free food stamps to buy beer and drugs behind closed doors $90.00 nikes I cant afford them and I work for a living, and my tax dollors support this way of life. As a friendly reminder, our Country was built on the belief of God and the Love of freedom. If you cant live under those stipulations then pack your bag and leave, Im getting tired of carrying you through life. I am a disabled veteran and damned proud of it. Because of my dedication to God and Country and believing in our way of life. I accept my disabilities and they constantly remind me My Country is worth fighting for and my freedom is worth dying for, and if I see you stomp MY FLAG, you can be well assured an ASS WHIPPEN is about to overwhelm your body. You can take that to the bank.

  8. michael ung | May 7, 2015 at 8:50 pm |

    Please follow my Facebook page “ANTI ERIC Sheppard challenge

  9. THEY WOULDNT. WALK ON THE AMERICAN.FLAG IF.I. WAS. THERE an
    HAD. LIFE IN ME. I. WOULD.REALLY TRY. TOPUT A. STOPTO IT.
    ONE. WAY. ORE. Anuther

  10. I to am a disabled “Vietnam” I payed the price for my flag with my Blood like so many others did! Both BLACK and WHITE our blood was spilled together. These so called self proclaimed righteous groups have no IDEA what Honor and respect is!I sugjest that we has true brothers and sisters who gave our BLOOD together stand up for what we know in our hearts are right!

  11. Corie long | May 8, 2015 at 2:38 am |

    K lets get something straight… My friends didn’t die for this country so you assholes could disrespect them this way!! I have to say as well, that anyone on here throwing color into this, is stupid… This has NOTHING to do with color, only the disrespect of a group of idiots…. If Eric was a white guy, it would be just as wrong, and this shouldn’t be any more so because hes black!! Get off his color…. Another thing, not only

  12. Corie long | May 8, 2015 at 2:43 am |

    K lets get something straight… My friends didn’t die for this country so you assholes could disrespect them this way!! I have to say as well, that anyone on here throwing color into this, is stupid… This has NOTHING to do with color, only the disrespect of a group of idiots…. If Eric was a white guy, it would be just as wrong, and this shouldn’t be any more so because hes black!! Get off his color…. Another thing, not only “minority groups” are on welfare…. I’m in it and I’m white… So get off that too because I know as many whites getting help as others…. That’s not the problem here… The problem is that this shouldn’t be covered by free speech, it should be considered a traitorous act!! You wanna keep throwing shit in that doesn’t matter… The problem is the act, not the person or their color people, come on!!! This shit is wrong no matter who does it,black, white,Mexican,Asian, or fucking purple!!!!

  13. I feel the same. We go to war an fite for ignorant PEOPLE that have no respect because thier parents were to ignorant to teach. I say start sending their smart asses an ignorant kids that want to stomp on thier own freedom to war an let them fight for their own freedom an rites 1hr an they will cry to come home PROMISE to never do again… LIL FAT ASS DISRESPECTFUL ILL MANNERED SELFISH SELF CENTERED DUMB BITCH.. STRAIGHT UP. IM WHITE AN ID WHIP HER FAT ASS….

  14. Regardless of color, the challenge is stupid, and anyone that’s dumb enough to do this dumbshit, deserves to get kicked in the face, to many people have fought and died for these colors, and anybody stupid enough to do this challenge and I see it, you better believe that I will take great pleasure in kicking you in the face, if you have so much hate and contemp for this flag, then you are in the wrong country, so leave and don’t disrespect my flag anymore. ….

  15. White God | May 11, 2015 at 2:55 pm |

    So if these monkeys think their insult of the red WHITE and blue is protected under the 1st amendment, then i think i should be allowed to hurl shyt at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial statue in DC!

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