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The video shows Manhart walking away with an American flag that Valdosta State students were stepping on during a demonstration against racism in the United States. As Manhart tried to leave with the flag, she got into a verbal altercation with one of the students, which was mediated by the police who told her to hand it over. When Manhart refused, officers put her hands behind her back, or tried to. After forcing her to the grass, police arrested her. As the Washington Post notes, the six and a half minute video hits a of sensitive issues from race and police conduct, to war and freedom of expression.
But one topic that has gone largely unremarked upon, is elitism in the veteran community. As a veteran or a member of the military, you can't burn people at the stake for exercising the very rights you swore to defend. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who gave us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag. And whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag. Further, I have a few issues with Manhart in particular deciding that she is the right one to police the behavior of other Americans. Manhart, a former Air Force training instructor at Lackland Air Force Base, left the service after posing naked for Playboy in while on active duty and in uniform — or part of it.
Manhart made another Michelle manhart video and controversial appearance in ; this time on video, and it also involved the American flag.
As part of a campaign for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, she posed nude with a pair of American flags over her breasts. Yes, the same veteran who took a flag from students who stomped on it — as a form of protest — albeit, an offensive one, posed with it in her birthday suit, also exercising her First Amendment rights.
The hypocrisy of her posing naked with the flag, then rallying to its defense just makes the whole situation all the more contradictory. Manhart said this while holding on to the flag in a three-way tug of war between an exhausted-looking police officer and a student during the protest. Yes, that flag does symbolically belong to the entire United States. The students who walked on it, and the cop who had his hands on it have just as much of a moral claim to Old Glory as you do, Manhart. I agree with a lot of what she says.
However, if you feel the need to take the flag back, or engage with others physically, you run the risk of being arrested, which is what happens when you break the law.
There are problems with how this situation was handled. First and foremost, Manhart never should have taken it upon herself to secure the flag from protesters. The result of her intervention was her arrest, and a viral video that makes her look far worse than the students treading on the flag.
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Air Force vet, former Playboy model tackled by police over U.S. flag dispute