Symbolism

There was once a time where I thought I wanted to be an activist. So I would do research and research till I was engulfed, consumed by information. I’m still guilty of this but there comes a point in which my anxiety takes over and it gets the best of me. I can’t think of anything else and I become in my own depression. I’m in one of those right now. I had to cleanse myself off social media just for a little while so I can collect my thoughts on current events.

I have to say something somewhere though.

The American flag. The biggest controversy since Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel a year ago during the national anthem.

A lot of people are claiming it’s disrespectful to people who serve in the military and police (I really honestly don’t get the police part) It’s disrespectful to people who fought for our rights.

What?!?!?!

It’s honestly the most hypocritical thing I have ever heard. What do you think a country with free speech and the right to assembly would ensure? People who disagree with the protest of kneeling, should we take the ones who died in vain? Isn’t standing up for what you believe in and what’s right the most American thing you can do?

The flag is a symbol of nationalism not vets. A symbol of what America is suppose to be. A country where dreams come true. A country where you can come and not be judged for your race, gender, creed, and etc. A country where you could build yourself and be anything you want.

Sadly this isn’t a reality for most.

I’m not saying I’m not grateful for the rights I have. I’m glad to not be  living in a country with a caste system or a communist country with a fascist regime. But America is not what is seems. It’s a place of false hope and a place with broken systems.

There are people in America living in third world conditions. Adults who can’t read. Education that’s below subpar. People who can’t get a job. People who don’t have the resources to better themselves. People confessing to crimes they didn’t commit to go back home to realize their life will never be the same and dealing with consequences for a crime they never committed. People being murdered on the streets by people who are suppose to serve and protect us. People coming back from serving in war and committing  suicide at alarming rates. The list goes on and on.

What really gets me is the people who defend the “honor” of our flag are the same people who keep voting for men who cut down veterans benefits, increase the taxes for the middle class, vote against affordable health care, and give tax breaks to the wealthiest. These are the same people who wear American flag t-shirts, underwear, bikinis, and etc. leaving sweat marks and skid marks on their precious flag. The same people drunk as fuck on the forth of July drinking out of American flag cups and eating off American flag plates.

The same people who argue about any type of protest people of color do peacefully or violently but won’t say a word about protest of white supremacy.

I just wish people would just shove their fake patriotism up their asses and have empathy and open their eyes that their America isn’t many people’s America.

It’s just get’s me thinking what does America mean to these people? Because I’m starting to think it doesn’t include people that look like me.

Author: hmalcorn

Hannah Marie. 25. Southern California.

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