What symbolism do we see in the U.S. flag? The stripes represent the original 13 Colonies and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well; red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice….
The more I think about it as I write this post…The closer I come to the realization that this so called meaning is only representative of one point of view. To go further I would like to provide my own symbolism and meaning in this post.
I’m first going to start with the Stars. To me these stars represent our presence in all 50 states. People of color including so called white people. We all have color. It’s your choice whether or not to continue believing the racist LIES you’ve been told..I will just say in the famous words of Edgar Allen Poe: Believe half of what you see and nothing of what you hear.
Secondly The Color Blue .. To me what that blue represents is the PURSUIT of VIGILANCE PERSEVERANCE AND JUSTICE. The key word here is pursuit. It represents the actions we are taking as a nation to achieve these ideals and the men and women that put themselves in harms way to pursue them. That means anybody standing up for their right to a better future for themselves and their offspring. It also represents the history of this pursuit regardless of how ugly it may be.
3rd, The White Stripes. In these ugly times we live in, they could not possibly represent purity or innocence. To me, these stripes represent the paper that the constitution was written on, the frauds perpetrated on indigenous people of this land and the amendments that have been fought for to mend the consequences many people have suffered as a result of colonialism and yes white supremacy.
Finally the Red Stripes. To me these stripes represent the blood of my ancestors. This is mixed blood. This blood was spilled on every battlefield, on every plantation and every new frontier ever explored on this soil. It was spilled for progress. It was some time spilled maliciously. It represents a blood sacrifice and a paid in full receipt for my freedom.
In conclusion, I want to leave you with a few words. As a country, we have a past. We do not live in our past because it is behind us but we also don’t want to forget it..We should never forget where we came from! The reason for this is that we don’t want to make the same mistakes that caused us to have to pay such a heavy toll in blood again. We need to remember the cost of the journey and the sacrifices made for us to enjoy the things we have today… If we fail to do this then we will lose it all and find ourselves right back in a position that requires another heavy toll. We are not here to re write history. We are here to make it. Move forward.