NEW YORK — Gregory Johnson stood happily clutching a burnt American flag Wednesday, basking in his moment of triumph.
Earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, overturned the 32-year-old Bronx man's conviction for burning a U.S. flag in Dallas during the 1984 Republican National Convention.
Johnson is a member of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, whose members stood around a burning banner chanting: "America, red, white and blue. We spit on you."
As he savored his victory, Johnson, sporting high tops with red and black laces and a black motorcycle jacket, spewed forth a stream of rhetoric leaving little doubt that the decision had not reinstated his faith in the Constitution.
"Liberty and justice for all is a lie," said the brown-haired, blue-eyed Johnson. "I am not an American," he added, "I'm a proletarian internationalist, a Maoist."
Johnson, who is unemployed, said he viewed the United States as a "racist and oppressive" society.