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Sunday Spin 2: There’s the grand old flag, and others that need ‘splaining

OLYMPIA -- Members of the Patriot Prayer protest group carried a wide variety of flags at their demonstration Thursday on The Evergreen State College campus.  (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)
OLYMPIA -- Members of the Patriot Prayer protest group carried a wide variety of flags at their demonstration Thursday on The Evergreen State College campus. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Although Wednesday was Flag Day, the array of flags seen in and around Olympia in the last several days went far beyond Old Glory.

Gov. Jay Inslee helped hoist the Rainbow Flag Friday for an upcoming Gay Pride parade. That flag could also be seen Thursday at the protest/counterprotest on The Evergreen State College campus. Note: the actual name of the school is The Evergreen State College.

Also flapping in the breeze were the black-and-white version of the Stars and Stripes, which features a blue stripe where a white one would normally be below the field of stars. It’s a “Blue Lives Matter” flag, with the blue stripe representing the line of police protection against, well, whatever might attack the stars.

There was also a Nyberg 3 percent flag, which has 13 stars in a circle, like the Betsy Ross flag,with the Roman numeral III in the middle of that circle. It represents what some conservative groups believe were the 3 percent of colonists who fought the British in the American Revolution – although many historians believe a much bigger percentage of colonists actually fought in the war.

The green flag with Pepe the frog’s face was also being flown by members of the Patriot Prayer group. Some people say it’s a banner against political correctness; others say it’s a symbol of the alt-right.

The black-clad anarchists or “anti-fascists” were flying several all black flags, along with a homemade one divide diagonally between a black section and a red section with a hammer and sickle. 




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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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