A right wing zealot named Tressy Capps has been fired from her job with Coldwell Banker for violating their social media policy after harassing a woman for flying a Mexican flag in her own yard.
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The Tea Party member was offended by the flag when she spotted it as she drove through an Ontario, California neighborhood. The video Capps posted depicts her harassment of the woman who does not speak English. During the encounter, Capps suggested that the woman go to Mexico if she wants to fly the Mexican flag. When the woman pointed out that her family also flies the American flag, Tressy is oblivious as she doesn’t speak Spanish.
She’s also running for a city council seat in Fontana, California. I can’t imagine that voters in Fontana want a City Council member who goes to the homes of Mexican-Americans demanding they remove flags celebrating their heritage.
In the video encounter, Capps threatens the woman and her family with legal action over what she claims is a “code violation”.
Any reasonable person would expect a city council member to look into the law before leveling a public legal threat. Sadly, Capps did not. There is no law forbidding residents from flying foreign flags. She has yet to apologize for the empty threat.
Here’s the video that was posted to YouTube by Capps.
And here is a link to a CNN story.
After discovering the video I tweeted about it and Tressy decided to respond. Here is that exchange.
Capps made no attempt to respond to my question about her comparison of a Mexican flag and the flag of a terrorist organization. In a desperate attempt to legitimize her behavior, she has committed the false dichotomy fallacy. There is no logic in her response.
It should come as no surprise that Capps’ Twitter feed is littered with biblical quotes and right-wing anti-immigration propaganda. Her actions are clearly motivated by her religiously informed political views.
It’s stunning that she does not understand why people are so upset. She states in her interview with CNN that she doesn’t understand why people are calling her racist. This is one of the more impressive effects of religious indoctrination. It serves to cement in the mind of the devoted a kind of moral superiority, while underscoring this position with the belief that their position is not oppressive. As a former Christian, I can report that the faithful truly do believe that these kinds of arguments are not racist in any way. I don’t think Tressy Capps is trying to be racist nor does she think she is. In my opinion, she’s not lying when she says she’s confused by why people are upset. I think she’s being honest and that’s what makes it so difficult to reason with her kind. You cannot reason with those who’ve built their belief system on faith and blind patriotism and I have no doubt that Capps is just such a person.
That’s why I prefer ridicule. I have no hopes of convincing people like Tressy Capps of their logical errors. I can only hope to illustrate to others the folly of such behavior. So that’s why I made a video that breaks down Capps’ utter lack of understanding. I hope to illustrate just how adrift of reason her behavior and beliefs are. She claims to be a patriot rather than a racist yet she fails to see that freedom means the right to live however one chooses to live so long as they do not bring harm to others.
There is no harm that comes from erecting a flag in celebration of one’s heritage. More to the point, there is no law that safeguards Tressy Capps from offense, nor should there be.
The only law that people like Tressy can point to is a federal statute that applies not to citizens but government agencies, which lays down guidelines for how a flag should be handled and flown. This statute also outlines how other national flags may not be flown above the American flag (again by government agencies, not private citizens). The Supreme Court (see Texas v. Johnson) has been very clear on the limitations of these statutes and we should never fall for the claims made by these “patriots” that private citizens are subject to federal laws that impinge on our freedom of speech and expression.
Here is my video response to Tressy Capps’ video: