A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 12, 2015
“Red, white and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you”

"I find it ironic that the colors red, white and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you” is a jocular saying that has been printed on ecards and posters. The “freedom” reference refers to the colors of the American flag; the “behind you” reference refers to a flashing police car pulling you over.

“America didn’t think the red, white and blue cane with a rear view mirror and bike horn was very funny” was cited on Twitter on July 4, 2009. “Red,white,and blue stand for freedom..Yet,it just doesn’t seem to apply when you see those colors in your rear view mirror” was cited on Twitter on June 13, 2010. “The colors red white and blue stand for freedom , until they’re flashing behind you” was cited on Twitter on January 9, 2012. It’s not known who first said the one-line saying.


Twitter
Steven McKnight
‏@smcknight
Nothing like a relaxing drive. Just you, your thoughts, and the soothing red, white, and blue lights flashing in the rearview mirror…
11:17 AM - 23 May 2009

Twitter
Shaun B. Wilson
‏@shaunbwilson
America didn’t think the red, white and blue cane with a rear view mirror and bike horn was very funny. They say humor’s the first to go.
8:11 PM - 4 Jul 2009

Twitter
Lamar Lester
‏@lilq824
Red,white,and blue stand for freedom..Yet,it just doesn’t seem to apply when you see those colors in your rear view mirror.lol.coincidence?.
11:15 AM - 13 Jun 2010

Twitter
Angela Renee
‏@ncnurse79
Red, white and blue stands for freedom except when you see them in your rearview mirror :p
10:14 AM - 17 Nov 2010

Twitter
Jacob
‏@Jay_Sakk94
Red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they r flashin in ur rearview mirror.. wink
7:39 PM - 21 Feb 2011

Twitter
Kidd™
‏@derellbrown_
The colors, Red, White and Blue stand for freedom, until you see them in your rear view mirror™
5:54 PM - 21 Sep 2011

Twitter
OGdaGOD™
‏@OGprettyboyCarl
The colors red white and blue stand for freedom , until they’re flashing behind you .
-chitwood
1:31 PM - 9 Jan 2012

Twitter
#⃣RIPMAMA
‏@leslaydown
I like how the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom.
Until they’re flashing behind you ._.
7:26 PM - 18 Apr 2012

Twitter
Clay Ronald
‏@Cash_Is_CIay
Its ironic that the colors red, white and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you
12:24 PM - 8 May 2012

Prosebox
fuck the police in My Life
Aug. 15, 2014, 12:38 a.m.  Public
(...)
I thought he changed his mind on pulling me over.

He did not. He got behind me, and turned his lights on. Funny how red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.

Godlike Productions
isn’t it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you?
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Sunday, April 12, 2015 • Permalink