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Paranoid social media post of the day

Meme: Screenshot from Nextdoor showing a Star Wars Rebel Alliance flag flying from a house, with the question “What does this represent? I saw this flag flying in my neighborhood. Does anyone know what this means? Should I be worried?” I added a caption: “Technically, it’s an Antifa flag.”
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The photo and question above are taken from everyone’s favorite suburban white flight and paranoia social network, Nextdoor.

Luke Skywalker in his X-wing fighter, wearing a helmet with the Starbird symbol on both sides.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve probably already identified the flag as that of the Rebel Alliance, a.k.a Alliance to Restore the Republic, from Star Wars. The red symbol — known by hardcore fans as the “starbird” — first appeared on the helmets of the fighter pilots who made the desperate attempt to destroy the Death Star in A New Hope (a.k.a. “the original” to those of us who saw it in the theatre during its original release). It’s since found its way into all sorts of Star Wars stories.

From a Star Wars comic book: Bail Organa and Princess Leia unveil the new Rebel flag with the red starbird. Leia says “A symbol of hope.”

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