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Do-rag-gate: Making a Difference

by Eric Wagner Friday, Apr. 04, 2003 at 12:05 AM

Do-rag-gate: Making a Difference

Chat with the Police

(Not all SF Police wear
flags on their head.)

My recent article and photos, "Thank God for Fox News" - Fun at the San Francisco Pro-War Rally ignited a small firestorm on a national level.

I had taken some rather compromising photos of San Francisco police wearing flag bandannas at a recent San Francisco pro-war rally, and had written a biting commentary to go along with the photos.

Within minutes of posting my story at sf.indymedia.org I started to receive more traffic that I have ever received. Apparently, I had struck a nerve.

Early the next morning someone sent me this article: SFPD Told to Take Off American Flag Headwear. Acting Chief Alex Fagan had apparently seen received hundreds of compaints as well seen a picture of "up to four officers" with the aforementioned flag bandannas on their heads (I have confirmed through channels that wish to remain anonymous that the picture Fagan had seen was the one posted at Indymedia and on my web-site.)

Down with Anti-American

(Another insightful sign from the SF pro-war rally)

Well, this was turning out very well. I had been annoyed, to say the least, to see officers so brazenly flouting their uniform standards to make a rather lame political statement (They claimed they were not making a statement, but, well, they were.)This wasn't the end of the story.

As I started my drive to work I turned on the radio to listen to the usual corporate propaganda when what did I hear? It was flag-bandanna-gate on the national news (ABC Radio News.), Or as I like to call it do-rag-gate.

Well, there you have it. We made a tiny little difference. Now we just need to do something like this to stop the war.



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