ACLU Draws Backlash for Photo of Toddler Holding American Flag

August 24, 2017 Updated: November 20, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) received backlash for tweeting a photo of toddler holding an American flag.

The boy is seen wearing a “Free Speech” ACLU t-shirt. “This is the future that ACLU members want,” the caption reads.


Several Twitter users accused the ACLU of promoting “white supremacy.” “A White kid with a flag?!” wrote Temple University professor Nyasha Junior in a reply.

Another person wrote: “Looks pretty fash,” referring to fascism. She later tweeted a photo of a baby wearing a Nazi uniform with a Hitler mustache.

The organization, after an hour, capitulated, tweeting: “When your Twitter followers keep you in check and remind you that white supremacy is everywhere.”

Some users made fun of the situation.

The photo was designed to promote its onesies for kids.

“PSA: The future we want is babies in ACLU onesies,” it wrote. “For more cute ACLU babies, follow us on Instagram!”

In early August, the ACLU’s Instagram posted a picture of a baby wearing its onesies, with a similar caption: “This is the future that ACLU members want.” That, however, didn’t receive any accusations in the comments section.

According to its website, the ACLU calls itself “our nation’s guardian of liberty” and works “in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

The civil liberties group has been criticized by the hard Left for its defending of the free speech rights of conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and right-wing groups.

Following the violence in Charlottesville, the ACLU said it won’t defend groups that bring guns to rallies and demonstrations.

“This is an incredibly painful and difficult time for millions of Californians. For those who are wondering where we stand—the ACLU of California fully supports the freedom of speech and expression, as well as the freedom to peacefully assemble. We review each request for help on a case-by-case basis, but take the clear position that the First Amendment does not protect people who incite or engage in violence,” the organization said in a statement last week.