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I wonder why he thinks “the flag, [or country, that is] oppresses black people and people of color?” The flag is representative of all Americans — black, brown, yellow, red, and white. Interestingly, the flag represents, as the context of Kaep’s statement suggest, those men and women in power or those who hold influence are the people who “oppress black people and people of color.” Arguably the most powerful and influential man in the world is black (Obama) and the certainly one the most power and influential women in America is also black (Loretta Lynch). Kaep’s blanket statement assumes that this country and its leadership are somehow in accordance w/ this type of behavior towards “blacks and colored people.” I have no doubt he has experienced some type of racial oppression in his life, no matter his professional status. This I am sure of. However, to say the flag represents oppression to a particular segment of American culture is to forget the entire history of those who have embraced the flag, both past and present (I do not assume to forget all of America’s flaws, but also recall all Americans who have lovingly fought for and embrace all throughout our history). American culture is not like most other cultures, we are not made up of one particular race, creed or faith. The majority of Americans I have come across in my life are not singular in nature, that is to say, they do not simply just consider themselves American, but proudly represent themselves as Mexican-American, Irish-American, Japanese-American, Native-American, African-American and “every other culture” of American there is. Thus, the flag represents all of us, the best and the worst, those who agree with his sentiment and those who do not. So, I still wonder and am curious to know why some, like Kaep, believe that the flag represents our country as oppressive to “blacks and people of color” as a whole?

As a person of color, I have have experienced oppression from those who embrace the American flag. I can say, I have experienced “equal opportunity oppression” from every color of American culture (including my own), but at the same time have experienced far more acceptance and friendship from all American cultures as well. The flag is the representative symbol that binds all Americans together, thus, whether we chose to disagree over particular ideologies, the flag unites us in that ability to freely disagree and at the very least deserves every American’s respect due to this fact.

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