I’ve seen these thin-red-line lawn signs popping up around Newton, presumably in response to the NFD v. Fuller beef. Maybe the Newton Fire Department should reconsider the campaign.

Echoing the imagery of the thin-blue-line campaign is risky business in this time of heightened awareness of systemic racism and bias. At best, displaying the thin-blue-line flag is highly correlated with overt racism. And, it promotes an us v. them mentality that is eroding citizen trust in the police.

So, not really sure what the firefighters are thinking escalating in this particular manner. Not winning me over.

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