Just recently, a St. Louis, Missouri Cherokee Antique Row business owner put out a special pro-police American flag to show the law enforcement officials in her community that she supports them. Unfortunately, though, in response, far-left authoritarian Marxists are now threatening and harassing her and her customers.
Specifically, shortly after Elder’s Antiques owner Cherri Elder displayed an American flag with a blue stripe in front of her shop, she started receiving a massive amount of hate from random people passing by.
“People came by, they would cuss at you, harass you,” explained Elder while speaking with reporters about the different ways people would express their disapproval.
“They would [also] harass the customers,” she added, noting, “I want it to come back to some kind of normalcy where people have respect for each other.”
In an attempt to avoid any more confrontations, Elder decided to take down the flag. Despite this, a month later, a threatening note was left on her shop’s window.
“Pig supporters not welcome. Flag goes down or you go down!” stated the message on the note. Along with the threat were the letters “MLM,” which appears to stand for “Marxism-Leninism-Maoism,” a communist political philosophy that builds upon the ideas of Marxism.
Thankfully, though, after everything that’s happened, Elder still isn’t opposed to putting the flag back up.
“I told my daughters [that] we’re not going to change anything we do. If they want to put it up, put it up,” she told reporters, adding, “but just don’t put it up for spite or for any other reason than that we still support the police. That will not change.”
Disturbingly, Elder isn’t the only business owner in the area to be targeted by the authoritarian left. Nearby, Delmay Ltd. Antiques had their windows smashed by three teenagers shortly after they, too, put a pro-police flag on display.
In addition to the two antique shop owners in Missouri, the authoritarian left also recently targeted the owner of an Italian restaurant in Pennsylvania.
Specifically, the Gran Caffe L’Aquila, which is an award-winning Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, announced several weeks ago that they will be taking down a black and white photograph taken by Ruth Orkin in 1951 titled, “An American Girl in Italy.” The image shows an American woman, Ninalee Craig, being “ogled” by multiple men while walking along a sidewalk in Italy.
While speaking with reporters about what prompted the restaurant to take down the photograph, co-owner Riccardo Longo stated that over the past month, multiple people approached him and claimed that it made them feel uncomfortable. Others were reportedly so upset by what the image depicted that they “took the time to write letters” detailing their outrage.
What’s ironic, however, is the fact that the Orkin’s photograph, which was apart of a larger series originally titled “Don’t Be Afraid To Travel Alone,” was actually meant to empower women. In context, it shows an empowered woman enjoying a trip to Italy.
This is something that Craig has made clear numerous times when speaking with reporters about the iconic photograph. “At no time was I unhappy or harassed in Europe,” recalled Craig when asked by reporters if she felt scared walking through the streets of Italy alone.
“I was holding my head high, as a tall stranger walking through the city,” she continued. “I felt strong…I was thrilled. I was having the time of my life…I was Beatrice walking through the streets of Florence,” she added, noting, “I felt that at any moment I might be discovered by Dante himself.”
“[The photograph is] not a symbol of harassment. It’s a symbol of a woman having an absolutely wonderful time,” she continued, noting, “Italian men are very appreciative, and it’s nice to be appreciated. I wasn’t the least bit offended.”
On top of that, the far-left also managed to pressure the Cleveland Indians baseball team into getting rid of the iconic Indian head logo on their on-field uniforms.
Apparently, Commissioner Rob Manfred and team owner Paul Dolan both wound up agreeing with liberal protesters that the “cartoonish character” is “no longer appropriate” for the players to wear on the field.
According to reports, the change will only affect the player’s on-field jerseys, which will likely just feature a bold “C” moving forward. The team will still sell clothing at their arena with the logo on it in an effort to maintain their copyright protection of the logo so that no one else can take it and use it however they please.
The authoritarian left must not be allowed to use fear and intimidation to control the lives of others. Hopefully, Elder decides to put the flag back up. Doing so will not only show that she supports her local law enforcement officers, but also that she won’t easily back down from the local Marxists who are terrorizing her.