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The Short, Fraught History of the ‘Thin Blue Line’ American Flag

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  Now, Jacob is the president of Thin Blue Line USA, one of the largest online retailers devoted exclusively to sales of pro-police flags, T-shirts, neckwear and jewelry. Jacob said the flag was not a direct reaction to the first Black Lives Matter protests-an idea suggested by a previous origin story in Harper's-but he allows he may have first seen the thin blue line image after those protests spurred the circulation of pro-police imagery online. White understands how the thin blue line flag has become a part of police culture, and that officers may view it as a sign of solidarity, but he also worries about the message it sends to the public. In the 1950s, "The Thin Blue Line" was the title of a short-lived television show about the Los Angeles Police Department, masterminded by the chief, William H. Parker, who took advantage of Hollywood's proximity to make public relations a key part of his tenure. Criminologists Don L. Kurtz and Alayna Colburn have analyzed t