Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart was walking around Valdosta State University last week when she saw a group of protesters stomping on an American flag. Enraged, she immediately took action.
Manhart grabbed the tattered flag, angering the protesters who then accused her of stealing.
“This flag actually belongs to the entire United States,” she fired back at them, according to The Blaze.
The protesters then called the police and continued to verbally assault Manhart.
“Is that not theft?” a voice off-camera asked the police. “If this had been in the hood you would’ve had a n***a in some handcuffs right now. Look at that white privilege.”
The police demanded that Manhart let go of the flag, but she refused. The cops then tackled her, and it took a total of four officers to take the patriotic veteran down. Manhart was detained by police, but she was eventually not charged with any crime. Once she was freed, she posted video of the incident to her Facebook so that the world could see what had happened.
“If your cause is racism then find some white people and walk on them,” said Manhart. “But to walk on the flag is walking on our symbol of freedom. You have the freedom to do what you are doing because of it. I’m not fighting against them. I’m fighting against the way they are going about it.”
This is not the first time Manhart has made the news over a controversy. Back in 2007, she was demoted in the Air Force after posing for a provocative Playboy photoshoot.
Shortly after the video was posted, Valdosta State University released a statement defending their actions.
“We respect the rights of people to peacefully assemble and voice their opinions,” the university statement read. “Our primary concern is the safety of our students, faculty and staff and our ability to carry out our responsibilities to all our students on campus. We are monitoring the situation.”
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