Stripes and stars forever, right? Well, what exactly does that mean? The American Flag can be seen almost anywhere. From the high-school, to the ball park, and even in our homes, the American flag stands as a symbol of all that is good and true in America. When one thinks of the flag, they usually think of the blood that was shed for this country. It was shed so that we could have liberties, such as, freedom of speech and expression, which fall under the first amendment rights of the Constitution. However, when you think of a burning flag, what comes to mind? One might say it shows disrespect and hatred to a country that has given so much. In the case of Texas v. Johnson, Gregory Lee Johnson was accused of desecrating a sacred object,
In fact, as a young child, we are taught respect when we stand up, look at the flag with a hand in the heart during the national anthem to show our respects for soldiers that continue to risk their lives, have risked their lives, and have even lost their lives so that America remains as “the land of the free and the home of the brave” (Smith). During the
Dread Scott’s very controversial illustration is titled What is the Proper Way to Display a Flag? What better title to stir the people’s ideas and gain their opinions on the correct way to present symbolistic fabric? a.) Many people believe that the American flag should never touch the ground, as it is a sign of disrespect. However, what many Americans don’t seem to know is there technically no rule on how one must display a flag. b.) This piece addressed, not only very important social issue, but a political one as well. As miniscule as they may seem to all the other problems society is facing, they desperately needed to be addressed for American citizens, specifically, to truly consider which values they hold dear to themselves and their
When you see the American flag, what is the first thing that pops into your head? Is it a war? A relative? A political leader? What? For me, I usually think of the Star Spangled Banner. I grew up on a military base in Germany. If the flag were being raised or lowered, you would see soldiers, and even civilians, standing at attention, saluting the flag. In a parade, as the flag was being carried in front by one of the brigades, everyone held his or her hand over his or her heart as the flag passed that person. Even in the theaters, before the movie would start, the Star Spangled Banner would be played while scenes of American flags in battles and peacetime were on the screen and everyone would stand, either at attention or with
According to the text “Texas vs. Johnson” by William J. Brennan the author states, “The way to preserve the Flags special role is not to punish who feel differently about these matters.” This shows that people have different thinking about how they feel about the flag because they have different opinions. Moreover, in the text “American Flag stands for Tolerance” the author states, “Each individual is to have the freedom to develop by his or her own light and not by the command of officialdom.” This demonstrates what motivates each individual to do and official can’t force this to happen because the individuals can’t do whatever they and have to follow the laws. On the whole, each individual have their own opinions and we have to accept others opinions that are different from
When several people were questioned about their view of the flag some responded with pride. For example, a Cherokee High School senior said, “The flag stands for my heritage and pride in my southern culture”. Another said, “I think it is a symbol of pride because my people stood up for themselves” (Schall). The negative statements said about the flag include, “…it represents red-necks and stupidity,” (La Tona), “…it means slavery of African-Americans by ruthless white men and women and their fight to keep slavery,” (Sicilia). After asking someone from Quebec, Canada who has lived in Georgia for 30 years about their thoughts on the flag they simply answered with, “It means the south to me, nothing more.”
The author mentioned that some citizens are still perturbed by the Confederate flag. While the number is slowly waning, many citizens were a part of the civil rights movement. They watched racist people protest against them using the flag as a symbol of racism, oppression, and hatred. To some, the flag may serve as a permanent reminder that racism is not truly dead in America.
Unfortunately, we live in a society in which the American flag is not treated with the correct respect and is shamefully and dishonorably treated. According to Megan Hickey and Laura Santhanam, 4,435 soldiers died in the Revolutionary War. In the War of 1812, 2,260 soldiers died. Over 13,000 soldiers died in the Mexican War. Almost 500,000 died in the Civil War. In World War I, 116,516 soldiers died. In World War II, 405,339 soldiers died. Over 54,000 died in the Korean War and over 90,000 soldiers died in the Vietnam War. Almost 7,000 soldiers have died while fighting against terrorism. Whenever someone steps on or disrespects an American flag, these deaths which total over a million are belittled. This does not even include the veterans who were injured while fighting.
Over time, the appearance of the flag has changed, but it has always stood for the same principles. Although these principles have been applied differently, they cannot be erased. As long as time stands, the flag will always wave for justice, equality, and freedom. The flag has instilled bravery in America, so that
Recently, quite a debate has emanated regarding the Confederate Flag. This debate has been taken from a simple ember to an all out wildfire, spreading across America, by events in recent months like the Charleston African-American church shooting and the subsequent removal of the flag from the South Caroline State Capitol. This debate has deep geographic ties from all the way back to the Civil War and what the flag stood for then and what the flag has stood for since. Each side of the debate has determined their position based on their collective memory of the flag. Whereas, one side of the argument sees the flying of the flag as a symbol of racism and hatred, the other sees the flying of the flag as preserving southern heritage with
Johnson" by William J. Brennan imparted that you cannot force people to have national pride because you should be allowed to determine what you want to expose because of the First Amendment. On page 16 lines (37-38) it states "The way to preserve the flags special role is not to punish those who feel differently about these matters." People should not be punished for their own opinion even if it is rebellious to the way others show their own point of view. Lines (10-13) on page 16 states " The problem is whether, under our Constitution, compulsion as here employed is a permissible means for its achievement." This suggested that you should be allowed not forced to express your national pride. This goes along with topic sentence because you need to tolerate the way people show if they disagree with your personal
“Today’s school system, children are often taught to recite the pledge of allegiance and sing the star spangled banner” reporter, Taylor Hintz, explains. (Hintz) At the age they are taught this, their little inquiring minds want to know, “what are we saying every morning,” why are we singing this”, and maybe,“what is the meaning behind this?” The basic answer teachers usually give is the one that many adults know: “we pledge to our flag to show our gratitude and appreciation to our country, and how grateful we are to the soldiers who fight for our freedom.” The 50 stars represent the number of states, while the colors of the flag have meaning as well. “Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, white symbolizes Purity and Innocence, and blue represents
Every country has icons that specify objects that represent beliefs, values, or tradition that make that country unique. As the United States of America has many such as, Statue of Liberty and the American Flag. Yasmin Sabina Khan shows in her book "Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty” why the Statue of Liberty was built, how each part of the statue describes everything and how it represents U.S today. In “Capture The Flag: The Stars And Stripes In American History”, Scot M Guenter talks about how the American flag is seen everywhere and how the flag has remained strong throughout many incidents. In the Barbara Kingsolver essay “And Our Flag Was Still There”, she writes about the meaning of the American flag and how it represents our country in different ways. And at last, Dave Barry shows us in his “Red, White and Beer”, the strong effects that patriotism can have on the sales and advertising of products. All of these icons that we have in America today are representing America very well; therefore, there is no need of new icons to be erected.
The national flag is a significant identity for a nation. It is stand for the every people and organisation of the country, and it plays an important role in politics. It is also a tool for claiming the land and sovereignty. Changing a national flag is a challenge for a country, and it cannot be completely accepted and satisfied by every citizens.