Federal Agency: Wearing ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Gadsden Flag Symbol Might Be Actionable Racial Harassment

by Jon Street | The Blaze
August 5, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is looking into whether wearing a depiction of the Gadsden flag to work should be considered racial harassment after a black employee at a privately owned business filed a complaint with the federal agency more than two years ago.

The complaint was filed by the black worker in January 2014 after he said one of his coworkers wore a hat depicting a coiled snake with the words “don’t tread on me” repeatedly since the fall of 2013. The complainant did not allege, however, that the employee wearing the hat ever said anything racist to him, the Daily Caller reported.

The complainant said that he made his concern known to his bosses, who then asked the employee to stop wearing the hat. The worker in question kept wearing the hat, however, resulting in the offended employee filing a formal complaint with the EEOC, which oversees issues of discrimination in the workplace.

“It is clear that the Gadsden Flag originated in the Revolutionary War in a non-racial context,” the agency stated in a preliminary ruling, according to the Washington Post. “Moreover, it is clear that the flag and its slogan have been used to express various non-racial sentiments, such as when it is used in the modern Tea Party political movement, guns rights activism, patriotic displays and by the military.”

The agency went on to say, “However, whatever the historic origins and meaning of the symbol, it also has since been sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages in some contexts,” citing at least two more recent controversies over the flag. The first was that of two Las Vegas police officers whose bodies were draped with the yellow banner after their murders. The second was a incident in which New Haven, Connecticut, firefighters claimed the flag being displayed at work constituted racial insensitivity.

40 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Donnie Buchanan says:

    We have lost our First Amendment right to free speech and freedom of expression to a bunch of whining POS. Obama has incited a race war fought for now with courts…I said for now……

  • Phil Esposito says:

    This flag represents America’s pride not racism. These little fucking cupcakes are really starting to piss me off. Fucking Obozo has screwed things up…. bad.

  • obfuscation100 says:

    Oh, that poor fellow, intimidated by a symbol. What a wimp! Surely not much of a man. Someone wearing a hat is not employment discrimination. It’s the exercise of FREE SPEECH.
    Dollars to doughnuts he’s just playing legal lotto in the hope that he will win a jackpot instead of being sent to his Safe Room to color.

  • The Redhawk says:

    It seems to me that all of the US tax Payers Funded Agencies go around with their HEADS firmly Planted in over used SPITTOONS…Nobody with the abiity to Breathe Clean air can be that FREAKING STUPID!

    1. Donnie Buchanan says:

      Spittoons? I thought it was toilets they’re so full of Shiite!!

      1. The Redhawk says:

        yES they rinse their Mouths in the SPITTONS before DIVING in the Transgender TERLETS!!! all to promote CLIMATE CHANGE you see

  • mcleod51 says:

    All my bitch fair weather so-called conservative friends said taking down the Confederate battle flag would mollify the socialists. The real problem is this: The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority – ever. All you “conservative” dreamers out there fail to realize that nothing much will happen as long as the states remain bereft of their sovereignty.

    1. The Redhawk says:

      Stand bY… next it may be “OLD GLORY” to be banned for not having BLACK Stars sown on it….snd at least a multi color rainbow stripe…

      1. James Mathis says:

        Yeah, a big black pair of titties under a rainbow should cover about everybody.

        1. The Redhawk says:

          Especilaly iF o’Bitch Barry gets the WH painted BLACK!!

  • Centurion says:

    EEOC: another worthless and useless alphabet agency I hope President Trump abolishes right away.

  • Steve Dolyniuk says:

    Amazing what ONE DAMN NUT can do to stir up trouble. The real sad part, is our idiots in Government usually go along with these NUTS.

  • James Maxwell says:

    Just another BITCH whining over nothing to get their own way. That is as
    bad as some fool I knew in the Military who whined over a bumper sticker
    I had on my car. It said “DANGER COON-ASS IN AREA”, which anyone
    from down South Louisiana know is a reference to the Cajun people and
    not a racial slur. but something to be PROUD OF. Just ignorant idiots
    who never were taught the history of our Nation nor what the Gadsden
    flag or other flags from our history stand for. Proof that the education
    system is corrupt and does not teach our children any thing except
    crap today.

  • le3845 says:

    We have way too many pussies in this country. Time to clean house.

  • Rodney Steward says:

    I guess Nostradamus was right, that the new world (USA) would see 2 civil wars, we’ve had one!!!

  • Rock says:

    Get the F out of here…. Ironic how things are never even remotely thought of as “racial harassment” until some LIBERAL or Democrat tells them it is.

  • Bob says:

    Since I am sure this “investigation” will lead to an new Executive Order or Dept of Labor regulation, will it also include those who wear a BLM shirt or hat in the workplace? I would surely be offended or “feel threatened” by those who would do something like that.

    1. Donnie Buchanan says:

      And what of the hats with the X for Malcomb X??

      1. The Redhawk says:

        RACISTS hats !! That what it BE!!

    2. The Redhawk says:

      all it takes now a days is ONE IDIOT to start another Regulation against the FIRST amendment…”DON’T TREAD ON ME” is what gave these MORONS the FREEDOM they ENJOY by OVERTHROWING TIRRANY..However the OBAMATROLLS following ODUMBO’s lack of America Education in REAL HISTORY are Bent to make this a RACIAL ISSUE…..TIME to STOP this STUPIDITY!!! but we need an active AG working in a NON defunct DOJ

      1. James Mathis says:

        They can’t resist writing new Bills because that proves they are “fighting” for us! Don/t you just love it when politicians start hollering about how they are “fighting for us.” Fighting is what marines did at Tarawa, and grunts did at Hamburger Hill, and sailors did at Midway and Airmen did over Schwienfurt. What they do in congress is play pattycake and “Let’s Make a Deal” while they are screwing page boys and selling secrets and resources.

        1. The Redhawk says:

          Well other than doing NOTHING but Campaign, Sell out to Special Interests and LIE while doing NOTHING else , wHAT ELSE HAVE THEY GOT TO DO???

  • Mike V99 says:

    Are Americans now supposed to be governed by the stupidity of the idiots around them? The Gadsden has absolutely nothing to do with racist sentiment. It was a warning to King George. Also, how about the US Navy Jack? It is a red and white striped version of the Gadsden with a snake and the same saying. Is the US Navy Jack now racist? What next, the Stars and Stripes itself?

    1. Robert McFate says:

      They’re working on that. That’s why you see it burned at so many protest both here and abroad!

    2. The Redhawk says:

      ” NOW SUPPOSED TO BE GOVERNED…”??? IT’s been going on for a decade!!!
      Godsen just Scrares te Crap out of them since they FEAR a 1776 REbellion against their Tirrany!! and Invent a RACE Issue to End it!!!
      Yiu just wait until some MORON wants a Black Star on the Stars and Stripes and a multi colored Stripe for the Transgender and BLM Idiots!

  • Gary in MN says:

    This guy has to be kidding. I’m buying a Gadsden t-shirt today. What do snakes have to do with racial bias? Instead of complaining he should be seeing a shrink to address his own insecurities. He’s just another race baiter.

    1. The Redhawk says:


  • James in Texas says:

    I hope that at some moment in the future a President or a Congress removes every single Federal agency that is not recognized in the Constitution. Federal employment, other than the Military, is the place idiots go to get paid, have large benefits and never do a days work in their life!

    1. The Redhawk says:

      DEFUND and IMPRISON them ALL

      1. Tiarajreed3 says:

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      2. James in Texas says:

        Term Limits first and then Prosecution for their crimes against the peoples! We need to destroy the position of “Professional Liar aka: Politicians!

        1. The Redhawk says:


          1. James in Texas says:

            Redhawk, I agree with you, I just want it done the American way, at the ballot box and the Rule of Law. If that doesn’t work, the “other way” will be horrible! DC is the most corruptible place in this country, and it does it’s work in a very short time. Wealth at “Other people cost” is like drugs and alcohol, it goes to the core of a person and destroys them!

          2. The Redhawk says:

            I always have said that VOTERS at the Ballot Box are the ones to EXERCISE TERM LIMITS…However we now have so many “TRICKS” by this Corrupt Administration like adding 33,o00 NEW Legal Citizen in FL just before the Elections… Corrupt AG of the DEFUNCT DOJ.. Acorn now called the BLM and the Anarchist Sharpton Patrol…and Undecucated MORONS .all VOTING for CORRUPTED OFFICIALS…may be outside of a1776 revolt we may need some NEW ways to Flush the CESSPOOL! ( DC THAT IS)

          3. James in Texas says:

            We are on the same page! I remember back in 1996 when the then Republican Congress passed a law for term limits and the SCOTUS overturned it as against the Constitution. The system for re-election is so “fixed for the the folks already inplace” that there is no other way than an amendment to the Constitution to bring into action the end of “life-long Professional Liars” and get back to public servants as the Founders considered the Congress should be if we are to remain free! Free people do not fear their government, they elect them, and that is not what we currently have!

  • unbridled says:

    I don’t know which is worse, the filthy muzzys or the blm traitors from within. It’s too close to call….

    1. Rodney Steward says:

      They’re one in the same, sick, pathetic, uneducated trouble makers!

      1. The Redhawk says:

        and ANARCHISTS!!!

    2. The Redhawk says:

      So far we have MORE FROM WITHIN if that helps you make up your mind!!

    3. The Redhawk says:

      IF the Blm morons had ONE LIVE brain Cell in their MIDST they would know that the Planned Parenthood Butchers that SHILLERY wants to fund with more Tax payers Cash Kills more Black lives for spare parts than COPS could ever Accomplish!

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