Just years after fighting for people’s right to burn the American flag, Deborah Ross, then an executive at the American Civil Liberties Union, rejected a plea for help from a disabled Vietnam veteran fighting for his right to fly the American flag on his property.
Ross, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, was executive director of the ACLU’s North Carolina affiliate when she received a letter from Robert McClure alerting her about legal action to stop him from flying the American flag on his property.
“I have made it clear that I will not submit to the removal of my flag and pole, and That I am willing to protect my rights with what ever means needed,” McClure wrote in an April 2001 letter to Ross. “I am however only one person standing alone at this time and I need help.”
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