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    If there is a single red line it is for Firemen.

    If there is a single blue line it is for Police.

    Both means emergency services

    Yellow means non-governmental security

    Green means outdoor government folks like Park Rangers

    What you are seeing may be a silver stripe which would indicate prison guards.

    The only pure black/white I can think of is paramedics who (I have heard) use a white stripe.

    My flag is flying freely on this beautiful day. You may find it disrespectful. Ask me about it; I have a lot to say. It stands for economic struggle, inequality as well. It is missing colors to represent what corrupt politicians and corporations have drained our once great nation of. The red is removed to represent those lives that have been lost in vain. The blue is gone to represent blue collar middle class workers. The middle class is dissolving before our eyes. Questions?


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    If it’s printed in black and white, it’s because the publication only has black ink to use. This is not uncommon.

    But if it’s an actual flag manufactured in black and white, then it’s not really an American flag at all, and presumably it has been created to make some point.


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    Out of sheer disgust I would ask: Who’s asking? And what week is it?

    Black and White American flags have several meaning and the answers you get depend entirely upon who you ask.

    With some, its an economic statem,ent about how so many have lost their jobs and the economy has changed for the worse.

    There are certain segments of the military that use B/W flag emblems because of the color of their particular uniform.

    Some would say that its to show solidarity with the police across the country. But they’d be wrong, as its supposed to have a thin blue line down the middle. Which brings me to the point:

    When there was one or two differing colored flags in order to make a statement, that was all and good. But now – there are so many, and for so many obscure reasons that you have to google it, that it leaves you dizzy.

    It has entirely gotten out of hand. And as sympathetic as I am to everyone to who has troubles, and we all do, I for one am ready to go back to the Ol’ Red, Whit and Blue.

    Military camouflage uniforms actually have many colors.

    The Black and white with a blue line is for police officers that have died in the line of duty. Many other nations have the blue line flags as well.

    What flag is black with a horizontal blue stripe?

    Different groups of first responders and military groups have their own flags to represent mourning. Some of these include:

    • Thin red line: Firefighters
    • Thin orange line: EMS and Search and Rescue
    • Thin green line: Park Rangers and Border Patrol Agents
    • Thin silver line: Correctional Officers
    • Thin yellow line: Security Officers
    • Thin white line: EMS
    • Thin blue line with a lightning bolt: SWAT
    • Thin tiger stripe line: United States Air Force
    • Thin blue camouflage line: United States Navy
    • Thin green camouflage line: United States Army

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    There are as many meanings as you want : some find it unpatrotic and disrespectful and others might find it a gloomy connotation.

    • As Mathew Shember said, in current times the black and white American flag is taken as a symbol for the economic recession that the country is going through as well as a symbol of freedom of expression.
    • It can as well be interpreted as a representation of the past, present and future of all the Black Americans living in America.

    Note that there is also the “Thin Blue Line Flag” (see The Thin Blue Line), a black and white flag with a blue line running through it :

    The Blue represents police officers and the courage they find deep inside when faced with insurmountable odds. The Black background was designed as a constant reminder of their fallen brother and sister officers. The Line is what police officers protect, the barrier between anarchy and a civilized society, between order and chaos, between respect for decency and lawlessness. Together they symbolize the camaraderie law enforcement officers all share, a brotherhood like none other.

    It means simply two things:

    1) someone is exercising his or her right to freedom of speech and expression

    2) you can start expecting a gaggle of right-wingers, war hawks, and fascists to start spouting indoctrinated nationalist venom about disrespect and dishonor to “their” flag (keyword: their)—and probably start threatening whoever is displaying it, despite the law of the land protecting people who do things such as fly flags like these

    you can fly a mock flag that says FUCK THE USA or whatever else you want—it’s called freedom of speech. refer to #2 for the expected reaction here in the “land of the free”, though—land of the free, as long as you conform to rigid societal norms and don’t actually exercise your Constitutional rights too often, or too loudly.

    National flags usually are supposed to follow rules of heraldry. Everything from colors to devices have meanings. Our military does use subdued versions as an exception so they won’t be targeted.

    However, the colors are chromatic blends of the uniform colors to blend in with the uniforms. A US flag patch on desert camouflage uniform would be beige-to-brown. On an urban camouflage uniform they would be shades of grey.

    Changes are not a violation in of themselves, of US Code only applies to the “Official” flag. A flag that is changed beyond the Official one is not and American flag, but a parody of it.

    An ecology organization could create a parody version in sky blue, green, and brown as a practice of their Constitutional freedom of speech. Its resemblance to the American flag’s appearance does not make it unlawful.

    The black & white flag with a single blue line is intended to show support for law enforcement. It differs enough from the US Code to not be considered an official flag.

    A veteran explained to me that it was an IR flag – Wikipedia, it apparently started with Special Operations Forces Units and later was used by the Army. I also did some research and asked other vets that I work with and it all seems to add up. I don’t understand why people bring up the blue, red or any other color line when this question seems pretty “black and white” to me. Ha… See what I did there?


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    I don’t think there is any official significance of a black and white American flag, however I am sure that folks have their own interpretations. For me, who remembers black and white photography, it still represents the country of the of the free and the brave….currently falling backward…but always rising up as the hope of the oppressed wherever they are in this messed up world!


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    It has a couple meanings. I have read it was used as a symbol of the economic recession and a call for change. But, I have not seen it waved at protests over jobs, etc.

    I have read it’s a symbol of the experience of Black Americans where the black stripes are to symbolize their contributions throughout the history of the US. It’s also a symbol to unite and initiate social change…..


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