On July 4th in Philadelphia, African Immigrants Became Citizens Under the Betsy Ross Flag

by Christopher Paslay

Despite efforts to disparage the Betsy Ross flag by Nike and Colin Kaepernick, Philadelphia stood by the patriotic seamstress, flying her flag high during a special ceremony where African immigrants became American citizens. 

Thank you, Philadelphia!  Thank you for choosing to see the good in our country’s history at a time when so many liberal American elites are trying to divide us by peddling a constant story of oppression.  Thank you most importantly to Christopher Tremoglie, an Intercollegiate Studies Institute intern at National Review and a student at the University of Pennsylvania, who covered this story at the Betsy Ross House last week.  

As Tremoglie wrote so well in his latest article for National Review: 

Fode Bade did not know he was supposed to feel oppressed in the United States. However, as a native of Guinea, he certainly knew what oppression was. Entrenched poverty and periodic political violence plagued the African nation, and Bade’s survival to the next day was not guaranteed. In 2005, he came to the United States as a political refugee and was granted asylum. Free from the oppression of his native land, Bade prospered in America. And on July 4, he brimmed with pride as his four daughters and son became legal citizens of the United States at a special naturalization ceremony at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia.

On July 1, at the behest of Colin Kaepernick, Nike recalled their special Betsy Ross Flag Air Max 1 USA sneakers after the former quarterback expressed concerns over what “he believed are its associations with an era of slavery.” A billion-dollar corporation and a millionaire ex-athlete declared the patriotic flag as a symbol of racial oppression. Yet, on July 4, an African family, from a country victimized by the transatlantic slave trade, eagerly became citizens of a country under that very flag. Bade proudly stated, “I’m so grateful to this country.”

As part of “Welcome America,” Philadelphia’s annual weeklong July 4 celebration, 13 children became American citizens at a special ceremony at the Betsy Ross House. Thirteen children are selected to commemorate the original 13 colonies, and the venue is chosen in honor of the seamstress of the first United States flag featuring the stars and stripes. The ceremony is in its 15th year and features a swearing-in ceremony, patriotic decorations, colonial reenactors, and the symbolic ringing of a bell — one time by each of the children — to honor the 13 original colonies. “Coming here, being an American citizen is the greatest thing someone can have on this earth,” Bade told National Review. . . .

Continue reading Tremoglie’s piece by clicking here.  He captured some amazing pictures of the celebration (including the photo at the top of this post). And a special shout goes out to the Betsy Ross House, who continue to stand by the original flag and its intended message, which is not about slavery or oppression, but about freedom and liberty for all people.  


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