The following article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
HOLMDEL, NJ- Get it right people…Black Lives Matter murals painted on a public roadway honoring a radical Marxist organization that wants to dismantle the American system—good. A blue line painted on a public roadway innocuously placed between double-yellow lines on a public roadway—bad.
Remember—cops bad, BLM good. Got it?
In New Jersey, the town of Holmdel is one of a number of New Jersey communities that painted a “thin blue line” on a local street in order to honor police officers.
However now, the town’s Human Relations Committee (HRC) has recommended that it be removed because—it’s a symbol of “hate.”
That’s right, the thin blue line, used to commemorate police who are the sentinels between good and evil is now considered a hate symbol, just like say a swastika. Why?
According to the HRC, because the blue line has allegedly been “appropriated by white supremacist groups,” the blue line painted on a small portion of a local roadway, about a quarter-mile makes “residents feel unwelcome and even threatened.”
By a line in a roadway?
The committee said that the Blue Line flag was carried along with Confederate flags and Nazi insignia during the worst “insurrection” in world history, the incident at the US Capitol on Jan. 6.
You remember that, don’t you?
The “insurrection” that lasted a couple of hours, with the only shot being fired being from who is believed to be a Capitol police officer which killed Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt.
The one without a single person who was apparently trying to seize control of the US government armed with any firearms.
Yes, that “insurrection.”
According to the HRC:
“In early November 2016, a quarter-mile long blue line was painted down the center of Crawfords Corner Road in front of Town Hall-Police Headquarters.
Permanent road paint was accidentally used instead of temporary paint, which is why the line remains today. Regardless of the town’s original intent, it is clear that the line means something different today to many.
The symbol has been appropriated by white supremacist groups and the Blue Line now has the effect of making some members feel unwelcome, and even threatened in Holmdel.
The HRC finds this impact unacceptable. It should not be ignored that the Blue Line flag was carried alongside Confederate flags and Nazi insignia by the insurrectionists who breached our Nation’s Capitol on January 6, 2020.
The HRC therefore recommends that the HTC abstain from maintaining Holmdel’s Clue Line.
When it comes time for the section of Crawfords Corner Road that contains the blue line to be repaved, we recommend to the governing body that the Blue Line not be replaced. We advise that our roads only be marked for the purposes of traffic safety.”
According to an article in NJ105.com, a number of towns in the state had painted blue lines on local streets over recent years in order to show support for local law enforcement.
Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last May, which according to an autopsy was from a drug overdose, politically correct leaders across the country have embraced the Marxist organization Black Lives Matter.
All of this while coming out against the very people who by an overwhelming majority are NOT racist and who are the only ones who stand between good and evil.
Thus, the Thin Blue Line has become “controversial,” and unfortunately some have co-opted the symbol.
Just as people say that the organization Black Lives Matter doesn’t represent the idea of black lives matter, so too is it true that not everyone who flies a Thin Blue Line flag or wears it on apparel represents law enforcement in general.
That doesn’t stop politicians from pandering, however. In Flemington, New Jersey, that town’s mayor, Betsy Driver had the town’s thin blue line removed before a Black Lives Matter rally last October.
She said many black residents had claimed that the blue line was not seen as supporting the police but rather was in opposition to them, which is ludicrous.
Likewise in the town of Robbinsville, some snowflakes started a petition asking to have a thin blue line flag removed from outside that town’s municipal building, while calling it a “controversial and divisive symbol opposing the Black Lives Matter movement.”
The person who started the online petition, Melissa Reilly is claiming that she supports police, however, sees the flag as symbolizing opposition to BLM.
“Make no mistake about it: we support our local police. But the truth is that this flag, which was originated as a symbol of general police support, now means something quite different.
Today, it is a controversial and divisive symbol opposing the Black Lives Matter movement, and one that has no place in our municipal complex.”
Reilly continued that the flag’s “presence on Robbinsville town property conveys a message that we stand in opposition to the fight against systemic racism. It is political. It is divisive. And it must be taken down.”
Of course much of this rhetoric comes from the false narrative that police officers across the country are hunting down unarmed black men and gunning them down, which is clearly not backed up by statistics.
To his credit, the mayor of Robbinsville, David Fried wasn’t backing down.
“I’ve never seen our police more demoralized than I’ve seen recently. And I think with the recent events some of them are really feeling the stress of the environment right now.”
He said that the town also files the thin red line flag, which he said, “is a flag at the fire department expressing our appreciation for fire and EMS.”
He continued, “When we think about first responders, we have to think about all of them. They all go into harm’s way every day. We have to appreciate these folks who put their lives on the line.”
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