Fox Sports host and former NFL star Shannon Sharpe just spit in the face of American honor, and it has thousands of people calling for him to be fired.
Sharpe compared the American flag to nothing more than a piece of cloth — nothing more than a “pair of blue jeans.”
Sharpe went on to say the symbol of our country was a racist symbol that “no one would fight for.”
He should open a history book instead of his mouth, though. Many Americans — including African-Americans — have fought and died for our nation’s flag.
In fact, the first black man ever issued a Medal of Honor for his gallant service to our country did just that.
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At the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863, William Harvey Carney took Old Glory from his company’s wounded color guard and marched bravely forward to help guide his unit, the 54th Massachusetts. During his brave assault on the Confederate stronghold, Carney refused to drop the flag despite being seriously wounded by enemy fire.
The attacking Union troops were forced to retreat; but still, Carney refused to dishonor his nation’s flag.
Alone, wounded and under constant fire from Confederate snipers, Carney struggled back through the dead and dying to friendly lines without ever letting the flag dip.
When he arrived back at the Union lines, he was greeted by cheers from his fellow soldiers and modestly told them, “Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!”
Carney was born a slave in Norfolk, Virginia. Yet he loved and honored his country’s flag, and bravely fought for the liberty and freedom America enjoys today.
His Medal of Honor citation reads as follows,
When the color sergeant was shot down, this soldier grasped the flag, led the way to the parapet, and planted the colors thereon. When the troops fell back he brought off the flag, under a fierce fire in which he was twice severely wounded.
When Americans honor our national anthem, we remember the countless brave soldiers like Carney that fought and died for our flag. Together, we stand and salute their memory.
Those that refuse to stand, like Sharpe, might as well spit on their graves.
You can watch the video of his ugly rant here —
— The Horn editorial team