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The Thin Blue Line (TBL) is a symbol defining police as a metaphorical line of protection between order and chaos. This sentiment has been echoed in politics as well as popular media. But in 2014, the TBL became embedded within the American Flag. This flag (TBLF) has been controversial as many have viewed it as a repudiation of Black Lives Matter protests. The debate has largely centered on whether it serves as an expression of respect for police or as a hate symbol.


This is the 25th entry in the Critical Questions series.