LISA LYNCH, San Clemente

Please consider instituting a rule among the boat owners to prohibit flying political flags in the Dana Point Harbor.

My husband and I own a boat that is docked in Dana Point Harbor. Each time we visit the harbor with our children, I am so disheartened to see the political flags, given what these flags represent to so many people.

For example, there is a flag that says, “Trump 2020, Make the Liberals Cry Again.” I find this vulgar and offensive. I have a hard time explaining to my children how flying this kind of flag is OK. This creates a hostile visual environment. There are also flags stating, “Trump 2020—NO MORE BS.” Again, vulgar. There are signs stating, “Women for Trump”—on boats where I see only men.

Over the past several years, the Trump flags have come to represent, for many Americans, hate, dishonesty, anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-equality, anti-protester, and anti-democracy sentiments. One could even argue that the flag indicates a support of racism, as Trump has dog-whistled to racists for many years, through his words, actions, and selective inaction, including but not limited to “birtherism” and the “Central Park Five.” I have wondered for a long time why there are so many boats in the harbor with political flags. To me, flying these flags in a public space is unacceptable.

Why would Dana Point Harbor allow divisive visual symbols at the harbor?

Please consider asking all boat owners to remove any political flags. Our neighborhood association prohibits political flags and signs because of their divisive nature. I think it’s even more important for the Dana Point Harbor to do the same, as this is a place so many people visit and want to enjoy.

Dana Point Harbor is one of my favorite places—please, don’t let it be ruined by visually divisive symbols.

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