Krystal Lake wanted to send a message to Donald Trump supporters on Staten Island, NY where she lives and works. To give them a taste of their own medicine, she had a hat made that reads: “American Was Never Great” and wore it to her job at Home Depot.
Of course, once the internet got hold of the image of Krystal wearing the controversial hat, there was no shortage of assholes to tell her exactly what they thought.
“Initially, I was getting a bunch of ‘I hate you’ [messages] and getting the n-word left and right,” Lake told the Staten Island Advance. But now, she said, friends and strangers have reached out to say they support her and her message.
“The point of the hat was to say America needs changing and improvement I don’t think it’s a positive message to say, ‘Let’s look to the past,'” Lake said. “I know there are a lot of opportunities here. I just wish we would worry about making America better — not ‘great again.'”
What really boggles the mind is that the “Make America great again” crowd espouses freedom of speech—the very value Krystal Lake exercised in creating the hat. But do you know what the first amendment doesn’t cover? Direct threats of violence against an individual, like those death threats Lake has received.
So before we go making America great again or admitting it was never great in the first place, can we at least all agree that the answer to our problems is not to threaten to kill each other?