Company that sells bows for babies goes ‘woke’, stops selling ‘offensive’ thin blue line bows

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The following article is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

PLEASANT GROVE, UT- We realize it’s a free country. Business owners can choose to sell or not sell whatever products they wish.

With that in mind, Law Enforcement Today was notified about a company called “Baby Bling Bows,” a company founded by a mother and daughter, Debbie Zenger and Summer Zenger Harris in 2005.

In a Facebook post dated August 26, the company announced it would no longer sell the “blue line” bow.

In that post, the company said they “unequivocally condemn racism.” So do 99.99% of police officers. Claiming they “were in such a place of privilege,” they said they were not aware of so-called “counter movements.”

They claim they were told (unknown by whom) that the blue line symbol is “used to oppose the Black Lives Matter movement and at other hate-filled rally’s (sp) promoting ‘white supremacy.’”

As a law enforcement-supporting organization, we can likewise show a number of cases where other symbols, such as the Black Lives Matter flag, pride flags, etc. were themselves used at “hate-filled rallies” where violence was promoted against police officers.

The fact that some choose to co-opt certain flags or symbols for hateful use should not degrade what that flag or symbol truly means.

 The company admitted they “did not do [our] own research and we should have.” Typically, conducting “research” consists of looking for unbiased sources which provide both sides of an issue and then drawing conclusions from those sources.

Had this company indicated they had thoroughly researched what the blue line means, they would have been able to make a better informed decision, and we would have not had as much of an issue with it, although truth be told we would still have been of the opinion it was a short-sighted decision.

Had they done their research, the would have found that the blue line symbol predates anything to do with Black Lives Matter by decades, and has nothing to do with white supremacy.

In fact, the symbol likely goes back to the 1850s during the Crimean War between Britain and Russia, according to historian Bill Hanna in the Taunton Daily Gazette.

In that time, it was actually a “thin red line,” with the red line representing the British Army standing between the British Empire and the enemy.  

Somewhere around the 1920s, Hanna says, is when the “thin blue line” was first used in reference to the police.

“I think the police commissioner in New York City referred to the police officers as the ‘thin blue line’ between law and lawlessness, law and order versus chaos. But since then, it’s been used a lot,” he said.

He said somewhere around 2014 the image first appeared on a flag as a means to support the police in the wake of criticism of police violence and racial profiling.

Brian Frederick, chair of the political science department at Bridgewater State University noted the flag has gained more attention recently as a means to demonstrate support for law enforcement at a time when police have been under the gun.

As anyone who does a modicum of research could easily find out, the thin blue line represents the line between order and chaos, between good and evil.

That line represents the police, with the community and law-abiding citizens on one side and the bad guys on the other, with police in the middle to hold off the predators.

Some have co-opted the symbol, Frederick said and noted it was used during the Charlottesville riot in 2017. That however appears to be a one-off and certainly doesn’t indicate any type or racial animus.

And of course Black Lives Matter and other anti-police organizations have made the unsupported claim that it is a racist symbol, only based on their obsession with attacking anything to do with police. And apparently Baby Bling Bows bought into the false narrative.

In their post, the company said that facing “the realization that we had produced a bow with an image that represents white supremacy was one of the most heartbreaking moments of our business.”

All of this drove the company to go true virtue signaling, social justice warrior on steroids.

“We are very grateful that it put us on the path of anti-racism education. We have spent the last year learning about so many different social justice issues, and once you know better you have to DO better,” they wrote.

They then requested that the bow no longer be re-sold or circulated and went on to note the Facebook post is “a place for black and brown voices to share, if they are willing, the experiences of the harm this symbol causes.”

We have included the Facebook post for now while it is still posted, and have reached out to Baby Bling Bows for comment. Since comments on the post seemed to be going about 25/1 against their decision, they decided to shut commenting down.

 

We would suggest the owners of this company reach out to some families of officers killed in the line of duty and see what the Thin Blue Line means to them. Maybe attend Police Officers Memorial Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C. and hear the names of officers being added to the memorial.

Reach out to Tunnels to Towers, or Blue Lives Matter…in other words, do your research before you decide to placate the mob and throw police officers and their families under the bus. 

We reached out to the company for comment and they didn’t respond to our message. 

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MCHENRY COUNTY, IL – A McHenry County restaurateur has been ticketed after flying American flags in front of his business.

According to Fox32 Chicago, Terry Trobiani, owner of hot dog and beef restaurant Gianelli’s, installed two American flags at the front of his restaurant to celebrate the Fourth of July.

On short wooden poles, he flew a traditional American flag, as well as an American flag honoring emergency responders.

The flags drew an almost immediate response from the village of Prairie Grove.

Trobiani told Fox32:

“The next day the village administrator comes in and he gives me a pamphlet of the sign ordinance pertaining to flags.”

 Trobiani added:

“He says you might want to read this.”

The day after that, Trobiani received two tickets from the village of Prairie Grove for “improper display.”

Those tickets are now posted on the restaurant’s front door and amount to a fine of $200.

Trobiani told Fox32 in an interview:

“The don’t like it, because they want to bully you.  They think you’re going to go away.”

He added to the interviewer that he was not going to “go away.”

Trobiani continued:

“The American flag is a symbol of patriotism.  It’s not a sign.  They are equating it with “open/closed,” “dine-in, dine-out.”

Prairie Grove Village President David Underwood has insisted to Fox32 that the tickets are unrelated to patriotism.

He told the station:

“I love the United States Flag.  I’m a patriot myself.”

Underwood added that the tickets were issued because the flags were “illegally too close to the road and could have blown into traffic.”

Interestingly, screenshots, shown below, suggest not only that the flags appear separated some distance from the passing road, but also show a business next door flying an American flag that apparently is not the center of controversy.

Company that sells bows for babies goes 'woke', stops selling 'offensive' thin blue line bows
Screen Shot, Fox 32 video
Company that sells bows for babies goes 'woke', stops selling 'offensive' thin blue line bows
Screen Shot, Fox 32 video

Underwood had an additional complaint about Trobiani’s pushback, telling Fox32:

“It’s disgraceful, because he’s using the American flag as a tool to further his business interests.”

As for Trobiani, local customers and patriots have showered him with support.

Trobiani reported:

“We had 50 people out here Saturday, with trucks, horns, speakers, signs: ‘Support small business,’ ‘Support the American flag.'”

Social media users have also come out to back Trobiani and his flags.

One Facebook fan wrote:

“Well done… keep em flying… too close to the road what a crock city needs to fire that joker.”

Another added:

“Amazing service phenomenal food who cares what flag they choose to fly, I’m here to eat. Get in where you fit in no negative vibes here. 

“Keep flying our American flag!!!!… 

“[M]y family supports your business.”

Another Facebook user wrote:

“Precedent seems to be set in a similar court case where the homeowner won. Overreach of local authorities here. We need more patriots like you to speak up when harassed. God bless you.”

Trobiani is determined to fight the tickets in Municipal Court next month, even if court costs are greater than the cost of the tickets.


Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

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