What is the ‘Thin Blue Line’?
- The term is “used to refer to the police, typically in the context of maintaining order during unrest.”
The contentious flag
- It was after 2014 that a flag representing the Thin Blue Line idea appeared; a black and white version of the American national flag, with a blue stripe running horizontally under the stars.
- The flag, which aims to express support for law and order and police personnel, was soon embraced by several serving and retired officers across the country; many attaching it to their patrol vehicles, uniforms and even displaying them on face masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- However, the flag stirred controversy after it was co-opted by right wing groups, especially by the Blue Lives Matter movement, which sprung up in 2014 as a counterforce to the anti-racism Black Lives Matter movement.