By now you’ve probably heard about the so-called Eric Sheppard Challenge, a social media trend that involves protesting against America by jumping, stomping and/or dancing on the American flag. One man is not happy with this trend — and he’s not the kind of person you would want to make angry. Meet Shane Lawler, a proud veteran of the U.S. Marines Corps.
In a video posted to his Facebook page, Lawler responded to everyone who has carried out the Eric Sheppard Challenge. Despite his strong words and his passionate belief in them, Lawler maintains a stoic presence and never loses his cool. Since the video was uploaded, Lawler’s message has been heard by over 10 million people and counting.
“I’d like to point out the fact that at some point in history, my ancestors, your ancestors, everybody’s ancestors, have fought in some way, shape, or form to be a part of this country and reside in the nation over which that flag flies. And here you are, standing on that flag, standing on what your ancestors fought for,” Lawler says, never once raising his voice.
“And so, my message to you is this: if you don’t like what America has to offer your, pack your **** up and get the **** out. There might be another country on this planet that’s capable of dealing with your bull****, but that’s not me. I’m a veteran of the USMC, and I can tell you right now that if I was in public, and I saw somebody dancing on the American flag, that me and you would have problems.”
The Eric Sheppard Challenge began when Eric Sheppard, a student at Georgia’s Valdosta State University and a self-proclaimed terrorist against white people, posted a video of himself desecrating the American flag, allegedly in protest of racism. Sheppard is currently on the run from the authorities after police found a handgun in his backpack on campus.