Old Glory is among the endangered symbols of America’s past. While the following is meant as satire, I am afraid the argument below is a logical next step in the implosion of American society. I fear many would take this seriously if this preface paragraph were removed. I am in no way advocating this position, only sounding an alarm that this position follows closely the same rationale as the current fervor against all Confederate memorials.
The American Flag is clearly a symbol of racism and oppression. It represents an insensitive time in our nation’s history and is offensive to many. We demand the American Flag be replaced by a more inclusive flag, symbolizing our unity, instead of a history of division.
- The American Flag symbolizes seven decades in which slavery existed under the Stars and Stripes.
- The American Flag was carried by the US Military during the Indian Wars as innocent Native American peoples were either killed or sent to reservations.
- The American Flag symbolizes 130 years in which white men kept women from voting. It is oppressive to women’s history and the feminist movement.
- The American Flag symbolizes the segregated South and Jim Crow laws that were enforced in its shadow.
- The American Flag is offensive to the descendants of Japanese Americans who were wrongfully sent to internment camps during World War II.
- The American Flag symbolizes nuclear weapons of war and is insensitive to the memory of the victims of US attacks on the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- The American Flag represents over two centuries in which the LGBT community was marginalized and ostracized from mainstream culture. It represents an appalling bigotry that we have only recently begun to overcome as a nation.
To argue the above facts is to admit your own insensitivity and is probably a veiled attempt to reinstitute the bigoted racist and sexist policies for which this flag has historically flown. It must be removed from the public eye, for it represents our shameful national heritage. It should be relegated to museums where we can have an honest assessment of our history and what we should learn from it. It is high time for a new flag of unity to replace this divisive symbol of bigotry.
Absurd as this may seem, we are not far off. We are living in the era of the absurd.