Our Flag Deserves Better

I had a friend tell me that our flag is just a piece of cloth and the anthem just words. That he put his faith in the constitution and nothing else.

Under this flag our nation fought a war of freedom, a war to free slaves and give all those living here freedom and equal rights. While we still fight to ensure those freedoms are applied equally to all, our flag represents the perfect idealisms of those freedoms even as we deal with our own imperfections as individuals and groups.
Under this flag we have fought oppressions of the worst kind. Going to the world’s assistance time and again.
When Francis Scott Key heralded that “our flag was still there,” he merged the physical symbol of the nation with the universal feelings of patriotism and courage. Francis Scott Key’s song established the flag as the expression of our national identity.
You can’t separate our flag from the military anymore than you can separate the national anthem from the flag.
Kneeling in protest in front of the flag during the playing of the national anthem is offensive and disrespectful to our flag, military and country. The NFL players, coaches and owners who protest by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem and then do nothing to resolve the issues of the protest are hypocritical.
They have the money and resources to bring more attention and possible resolutions to their cause. By taking a knee and doing nothing else they are doing nothing more than whining. They are just entertainers on their stage bellyaching and bitching. Until they put their money where their knees are they need to shut up and stand up.
Where can they put their money? Ohhhh. Plenty of places.
They can start by donating to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. The LDF works to even the field for African Americans.
From their website:
The LDF seeks to ensure that the job selection process does not negatively impact African-Americans, reduce employment barriers to those with criminal records, decrease disproportionate incarceration and sentencing as well as racially biased exercise of discretion by police and prosecutors, increase equity in education by increasing graduation rates (K-12 and college) among African-Americans, foster adoption of racially equitable and research-based approaches to school discipline, achieve more African-American engagement and fairness in the next round of redistricting, and ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act, NVRA, and other voting rights laws.
They can donate to the ACLU. Remember these folks? Fighting for the civil liberties of everyone.
They can help enact legislation that makes policy makers face their own racism. This one is pretty simple with 60% of those behind bars being either African American of Latino it’s obvious that law enforcement is disproportionately targeting people of color.
They can donate money to police departments for the purchase of body cameras. Most police departments are underfunded and would welcome them.
There are several states looking at creating legislation that would make body cameras a requirement for law enforcement. But legislation must include clear paths to review footage of any incidence. This protects both sides.
They can help establish independent civilian oversight agencies for law enforcement departments. This would provide independent reviews of complains instead of solely relying on the police to investigate themselves.
These are just a few examples of places they could invest their time and money.
From the book “Our Flag” published in 1989 by the House of Representatives…
◦ “On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing a committee to devise a seal for the United States of America. This mission, designed to reflect the Founding Fathers’ beliefs, values, and sovereignty of the new Nation, did not become a reality until June 20, 1782. In heraldic devices, such as seals, each element has a specific meaning. Even colors have specific meanings. The colors red, white, and blue did not have meanings for The Stars and Stripes when it was adopted in 1777. However, the colors in the Great Seal did have specific meanings. Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated:
◦ “The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”
The flag, printed colors and shapes on cloth. The flag that has flown over our country in various configurations for over two hundred years. The flag that our countrymen have fought under for freedom and against oppression. The flag that the world has looked to in their times of need. The flag, our flag, is more than colors and shapes on cloth.
Much more…
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.