U of California Students Don’t Want This Photo Shared Because It’s Racist!
This picture of Police Officer Natalie Corona was taken in 2016 to honor the fallen. Corona was killed in the line of duty last week.
Since her death, the picture of Corona, clad in a royal blue dress and waving a Thin Blue Line flag, has flooded social media as a symbol of the 22-year-old’s deep love of police work.
A group of students at the University of California, Davis contend both the photo and flag are racist. They are demanding that people cease and desist circulating the image.
At the time, she wrote on her Facebook page:
“I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all of those law enforcement men and women who have served, who are currently serving, and those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country,”
On Jan. 11, Corona, was gunned down while responding to a car crash. She was described as a rising star in the police department.
The UC-Davis Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission, under the umbrella of the Associated Students, have declared that the photograph is racist. They have demanded that people stop sharing the ‘racist’ image.
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“The flag is blatantly anti-Black and disrespectful,” they wrote on its now-deleted Facebook page. “Flashing lights, sirens and increased police presence can be triggering to many Black and Brown people.”
“We see it necessary to call-out all community members who continue to post and disseminate images of the Blue Lives Matter flag online,” they continued. “We would like to directly address that this flag represents an attempt by law enforcement to undermine the Black Lives Matter movement.”
The group also stated that they would provide help for any students that were, “triggered by this event and the circulating images of a flag that has been popularized by the ‘Blue Lives Matter’ crowd.”
There were some students who called out the organization for it’s statements. The group deleted its post after ASUCD student body president Michael Gofman condemned it on Facebook. Gofman described the ECAC’s post as “disgusting” and urged the commission to take it down and issue an apology:
“I wholeheartedly condemn the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs commission for this disgusting post,” wrote Gofman. “It’s easy to sit on the third floor of the Memorial Union where there are at least 100 brave men and women in blue between you and the shooter. It is easy to argue hypotheticals, politics, and ideology when you’re in safety.”
“I am ashamed that some of these same people, protected by the very officers that they are condemning, have the audacity to politicize the loss of a young officer. Her only crime was being a police officer,” Gofman continued.
The man who allegedly murdered Corona has been identified as 48-year-old Kevin Douglas Limbaugh.
Police say Limbaugh was on a bicycle when he ambushed Corona just before 7 p.m. She was investigating a minor three-vehicle collision.
Limbaugh reportedly pulled up on his bike as Corona was speaking with one of the drivers involved in the wreck. He walked toward the officer and began firing.
The black-and-white flag with a thin blue stripe originated as a patch. Later, the Michigan-based company Thin Blue Line USA turned it into a 3-foot by 5-foot flag in 2014.
The symbol’s true origin was the “thin red line”. It was a reference to a historic British Army battle formation, according to the company’s news director Kelleigh Lamb.
The blue line is meant to represent the men and women of law enforcement who hold the divide between order and chaos. According to Thin Blue Line USA’s official video, the flag is not political.