This is beautiful.
A group of protesters were setting fire to American flags on a pedestrian mall in Iowa City, but a ticked off FedEx employee broke up the party gave the protesters something to think about.
The flag burning was not intended to be anti-veteran, members of the group said, but instead meant to protest racial and social injustice and U.S. imperialism, they said.
“When I see the flag, I see racial injustice,” said Paul Osgerby of Iowa City. “I see social injustice from Native American genocide to African-American slavery to failing to recognize women as citizens until the 20th century.”
Mark Uhrin was there to offer a rebuttal, with a fire extinguisher.
Still, the actions caused a scene on the pedestrian mall across from the Old Capitol Mall, as onlookers shouted and a man in a FedEx uniform, Matt Uhrin, rushed out with a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze. Uhrin took one of the flags from protesters, scuffling with a number of protesters in the process.
Uhrin declined to comment except to say his actions were not related to his employer.
One onlooker, Bob Guyer, said the act was disrespectful to military veterans.
“Probably every one of them has a relative at one point or another that died for that,” Guyer said, referring to the flag.
“That’s not free speech. Too many people have died for it,” he said.
FedEx should give this guy a raise.