A Chicago-area school member says she isn’t backing down from comments she made on Facebook equating the American flag with toilet paper, saying the flag is a meaningless piece of cloth and “a false symbol of hope” for black people. In a post on her personal Facebook page supporting NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, School District U46 board member Traci O’Neal Ellis wrote, “That flag

means nothing more than toilet paper to me,” The Chicago Tribune reported. “And I promise you, I would take #TakeAKnee at school board meetings if my doing so would not be disruptive to kids and a distraction to the work we need to do for them,” she wrote. School board member Jeanette Ward, of West Chicago, shared a screenshot of Ms. Ellis‘ post on Facebook, calling her comments “despicable and disgusting.” READ MORE