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My flag?

By mlseawell    
At the Ogden Black Lives Matter protest I had to ask myself "Is this still my flag?" Does it still (did it ever?) represent the hopes and dreams of ALL Americans? I served my country for 20 years as a member of the Air Force but now I see the promise of justice for all is really justice for some. Like my forefathers who came back from wars (those who made it back) they returned to hostility and indifference. Will it ever change? Will America seize this opportunity to make things right? Is this or was it flag?

Tags: Photo journalism Utah Ogden Rally Black and white Flag COVID-19 CoronaVirusTimes Ogden Protest

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2020 1:53PM
Powerful composition. Flags seem to me to be too often a smoke screen to hide behind.
I wonder how many of the English nationalists who brandish the flag of St George realise that they are celebrating a Syrian economic migrant?
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2020 2:45PM

Quote:Does it still (did it ever?) represent the hopes and dreams of ALL Americans?

To those two questions my instant responses are no and probably not entirely. But maybe they are impossible questions to answer.
I find it difficult to find adequate ways to express my horror at the blatant racism of the 'leader of the free world' and his mindless followers. Man's inhumanity to man has not been quelled but enhanced.
Your photographs are powerful indictments of present events; thank you for being so forthright.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
2 Jun 2020 4:49PM
When I was a civil servant here in England, it was always important to me that I was a servant of 'The Crown' rather than the government of the day.

You pose an interesting question, and there are different possible answers. Can I quote Rudyard Kipling?

If England were what England seems,
And not the England of our dreams,
But just a thing of Stuff an' Paint -
'Ow quick we'd drop 'er. But she ain't.

I think the same is true of many countries: the shabby reality is only part of the story, and their politicians and public servants often fall short of the ideal. But we still need to have something to follow, an aspiration, an ideal.

The president dishonours the flag, but the America that you served is still in there somewhere. The America of Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Muhammed Ali, John F Kennedy, John Glenn. And that America is loved, respected and supported throughout the world, as are the people who are its citizens through their service and loyalty.

It is your flag more than it is that other man's.
mlseawell 11 1 United States
4 Jun 2020 3:41PM
Thanks again for the feedback!

In all walks if life you will find conflict be it war religion ethnic cleansing but beneath all that there are good
People in the world .
Today we face a different kind of war Covid 19 a silent killer with no cure as yet and yet kindness and compassion breaks through and that gives hope to us all.

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