Whose Flag? The flag that ignited the Trail of Tears and condemned my Native American Ancestors far from their Promised Land?
The Flag that ignited Manifest Destiny and stole, robbed, cheated and raped millions of Indigenous peoples to broken treaties, destruction and death.
The Flag that ignited the slave ships of the Middle Passage where my African Ancestors were kidnapped from the Motherland. Denied their heritage. Their religion. Their customs and traditions. And what of those thrown overboard as so much excess baggage. Or the others who jumped rather than condemn generations to slavery and Jim Crow.
The Flag that ignited the Dred Scott decision telling us we are only 3/5ths of a man? Where are we in the signing of the Declaration of Independence? Do you see any Native or African Americans in those paintings? Not even any women! So do we salute a flag, a symbol of colonialism, slavery, Jim Crow and racism? Since we were not included by the Founding Fathers most of whom were slave owners?
Do we honor a flag that forced my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents to get off the sidewalk when white people approached? Get to the back of the bus. Settle for sub-standard schools and housing. Forced sterilization which was done throughout the Southern Bible Belt states.
The flag of Dixie-crat racist Strom Thurmond whose death revealed the Black Daughter he had kept hidden for nearly 70 years?
Read the story of Fanny Lou Hamer one of the Mothers of the Civil Rights Movement.
What of our white Sisters and brothers like Murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner up to and including Heather Heyer? White Americans who fought evil and lost their lives. Does the flag represent them?
Does this flag represent the two Indian engineers who were murdered or the Chinese doctor who was dragged from his airplane seat?
Did that flag represent the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
What of the Japanese Americans who were stripped of all their worldly goods and sent to camps just because they resembled the enemy? And By the Way who is our enemy?
What of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama–a church with a predominantly black congregation that served as a meeting place for civil rights leaders where Four young girls were brutally killed.
What of the the nine who were murdered last year in South Carolina during a Bible study by one whom they welcomed as a fellow Christian but who turned out to be a demon.
Tell me again why I should put my hand over my heart or in my case salute since I am a U.S. Army Veteran for this flag. This flag who denied my Korean War Veteran Dad who was in uniform and hungry. Who tried to get a hot dog and the white man said we don’t serve Niggers?
Tell me why this flag and this country whom my Great, Great Grandfather William Henry Halstead who fought in the Civil War still denies it’s promise to me and all his descendants?
Did and was this flag the covering for the slave master who barged into my Great, Great, great, great Grandmother’s slave cabin late at night and forced himself on her?
Did and was this flag the covering and excuse for the Married Redneck Drill Sgt coming to my barracks and calling my name after hours?
Tell me again why we honor this flag and why does this cloth not live up to it’s promise to ALL Americans?
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A very good post. Thanks for sharing!
All very good questions I’d like to see answered by Trump since he is the one currently deciding what is disrespect to the flag and yet is a real symptom of why there are problems that raise these questions. I’ve been horrified at how much blatant racism has come out since Trump came to power and supported the KKK and like groups. Until then I though racism was virtually finished in the US. While these people talk of immigrants taking their country they forget their families were immigrants that did just that. Time for the Native American to tell them to pack their bags and leave?
Huge Hugs DeBorah xxx
Amen Brother David. Trump has done more to desecrate the flag and shame the USA than athletes silently kneeling.
A horrific history only faced by bravery, courage and strength. You have all the genes my sister.
The question remains unanswered.
Thanks Brother Shiva. Americans are often in denial or just forget the ugly truth. There’s always a scapegoat. Muslims. Sikhs. Blacks.
I admire those football players for the signal they are giving. As for flags, it is just a piece of cloth. The Star Spangled Banner is just a song. What is important is what America is supposed to represent. Freedom and justice for all. A place where people from all lands (no bans) can come and find an American dream. And that “American dream” should be possible for ALL of us, regardless of race, religion, sex, or any other factor. No one should be treated better than anyone else, or with disrespect. The poor and the sick should be helped. Even those who commit crimes should be looked at as people who need guidance, so that they can start living a reasonable life that threatens no one, including themselves. That’s how I feel.
I am an American, and I love my country, but people like Donald Trump don’t represent what I think of as America the Beautiful. He is the ugly American!
Thanks. Amen my friend. I agree with you. I think that Trump has done more to desecrate the flag and shame the USA than athletes silently kneeling.
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