The ‘Thin Blue Line’ is a reference to what is keeping society peaceful and functioning. In literature it means that there is only a thin blue line holding society together, the line between order and chaos, who are the officers in blue. When used in reality, it’s a symbol of support for law enforcement.
It began in the UK as a way to pay respect for fallen police officers and has since spread to its former colonies, Canada and the United States of America. April Killingsworth works in Texas as a manager of a printing company and she wanted to find a way to voice her support for law enforcement and encourage other people to do so as well.
She was familiar with the thin blue line symbol, and what it meant. She decided to put a piece of blue masking tape on the back of her car. This was her way of thanking the police officers that take care of her community, but also showing support for them.
There is no denying that tensions between law enforcement and the communities they police were at an all time high this year. There were a lot of fatal shootings of unarmed black men by police officers and, undeservedly so, this painted the entire profession and those in it in an unfavourable light. April wanted to show the police officers in her community she supports them.
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