Black activists unfurled an American flag on Sunday and stomped on it during multiple rallies for presidential hopeful Donald Trump in Wisconsin.
Malcolm X-inspired activists arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and then a second event at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis to show their contempt for the country.
“F— this flag. F— this country. This red white and blue, this sh– is the new swastika,” a man wearing a “F— Yo Flag” baseball cap told a reporter for Alex Jones’ InfoWars.
“What has Trump said about the black community that you don’t like?” the reporter asked.
“I don’t care for any of the politicians,” the man said. “His rhetoric is very racist. [It’s] probably not directed at black people, but his ties to the KKK are questionable. So are Hillary’s.”
The man cited no proof that either candidate was tied to the KKK.
At both rallies the protesters were confronted by citizens who opposed their tactics.
“That’s our flag. That’s our country,” local citizen James Turk told WITI-6 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “They’ve got family members that died for their right to do that and there is just no gratefulness, no respect. There’s no appreciation and it makes me sick. It thoroughly makes me sick. I think it’s sad.”
Police eventually created a barrier between Trump supporters and protesters to keep the peace. One person was arrested for disorderly conduct, the Fox affiliate reported.
Desecration of the American flag became popular last summer with black activists in Atlanta, Georgia.
“The Eric Sheppard challenge” was created last April after cops began searching for self-proclaimed “terrorist” and New Black Panther Party activist Eric Sheppard. Police found a gun in the Valdosta State University student’s unattended backpack during a series of protests, education watchdog Campus Reform reported April 30, 2015.
Supporter Erica Walker also became infamous for saying “F— yo flag” before dancing on the American flag and sharing the video on Facebook. Other race activists used the flag as toilet paper.
Sheppard was eventually arrested in Tampa, Florida, on May 28, 2015, and charged with with carrying a weapon within a school safety zone. He was then indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 2, 2015, but his attorney requested a change in venue in December for the forthcoming trial.
Sheppard faces up to eight years behind bars and up to $10,000 fines if convicted.