re: #126 iossarian
No, there are plenty of people who simply fly American flags because they have children in the Armed Forces, are vets themselves, or out of simple patriotism. The flag in the US is not a racist symbol. You’ll find US flags flying next to rainbow ones in the Castro, and throughout the Mission in San Francisco.
However, if we treat it as socially— not talking about legality, but about calling things what they are— acceptable to use the US flag as something that does convey a racist message, if we let people use it to try to start fights, to wave in the face of immigrants on their holidays as a way of asserting, stupidly, that US culture cannot include celebration of our multifarious heritage, then it will become what it did in Britain.