Debbie McLucas comes from a patriotic family – her husband and both of her sons served in the U.S. military, and her daughter is currently deployed to Iraq on her second tour of duty as a combat medic.
So when McLucas arrived at work at a Texas hospital last Friday, she was stunned to be told that the Stars and Stripes she had hung in her office in advance of Memorial Day were offensive, and that the flag had been removed.
I got into work, I was met by my supervisor and told that there had been multiple complaints, that people found the flag very offensive and it had been taken down," McLucas told FOXNews.com.
"I went to the office to retrieve it and found the flag wrapped around the pole, sitting in the corner on the ground. I was speechless."
McLucas, a supervisor at Kindred Hospital in Mansfield, Texas, had displayed the 3-by-5-foot flag in the office she shares with the hospital’s three other supervisors. McLucas said one of her colleagues, a woman who immigrated to the United States from Africa 14 years ago, complained about the flag to upper management, and the hospital decided to take down the flag.
Let us stop right here, shall we?
Would someone please interview this African immigrant and ask her:
If the US flag offends you, why are you here? You didn’t have to come. In fact, you’re coming has helped only you. The country was fine without you and will be fine if you returned to a country with a flag that doesn’t bother you.
A Kindred Healthcare spokeswoman did not return calls for comment. Kindred issued a press release stating, “Kindred Hospital Mansfield has a great deal of appreciation for the service that many of our employees and their families have given to their country. We honor our veterans and active military through a variety of benefits and service programs. This was an isolated incident between two employees that we are working to resolve amicably.”
The statement went on to explain: “The disagreement was over the size of the flag and not what it symbolized. We have invited the employee to put the flag back up.”
Sounds like everything is just peachy, except why was the flag taken down? Who moved it? After all, Debbie McLucas said, “that people found the flag very offensive” That doesn’t square with, “The disagreement was over the size of the flag and not what it symbolized.”
And where was all this appreciation?
Would someone please interview the hospital upper management and ask them:
Is it your policy to fold like a cheap suit every time someone makes an outlandish complaint? Didn’t any of you have the nerve to tell the African immigrant that if she had a problem with a US flag in her office she could have her last pay check mailed to her home? Folks, you are managers. You are supposed to stand for something. You are supposed to lead. If you can’t, then I suggest you find a job that won’t require you to make decisions and stand up for something.
Maybe you could work as Travel Agents and help the African immigrant find a country whose flag doesn’t offend.
I mean, who does this African immigrant think she is, our President?