Why I Can No Longer Bear to See the American Flag

What kid doesn’t love the American flag?

Girl Scouts raising an American flag before a municipal band concert in Eau Claire, WI, July 7, 2012. Courtesy Villwock/Wikimedia Commons. Licensed per Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 Unported License.
Pledge of Allegiance being said at Raphael Weill Public School in San Francisco, CA, April 20, 1942. Unfortunately, the Japanese kids in this photo would soon be rounded up and sent off to internment camps for the next three years. Courtesy Dorothea Lange, War Relocation Authority/National Archives.
Apollo 15 commander James Irwin on the moon, August 1, 1971. Courtesy NASA.
A truck with the Confederate flag, the Gadsen flag, and the American flag in Pismo Beach, CA, August 9, 2016. Courtesy Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons. Licensed per Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
Truck with American and Confederate flags at Christiansburg, VA, November 13, 2015. Courtesy Faze039423/Wikimedia Commons. Licensed per CC BY-SA 4.0.
White supremacist rally, Charlottesville, VA, August 12, 2017. Courtesy Evan Nesterak/Wikimedia Commons. Licensed per CC BY 2.0.
American flag flying at the 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, April 3, 2019. Courtesy Zach Catanzareti/Wikimedia Commons. Licensed per CC BY 2.0.

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