I don’t pledge allegiance to the flag anymore. Some professional athletes don’t stand up for the national anthem. Furthermore, I’m happy that more people aren’t honoring something that doesn’t symbolize liberty and justice for all.
I discussed some parts of the pledge of allegiance in part 1, but the last six words misrepresent the modern reality of this country. The United States flag is supposed to represent a symbol of liberty and justice for all.
When you wake up to face the mirror and remember who you are, you may realize that the government recognizes your inherited rights. Alternatively, you may wake up to face the mirror and realize that some of your inherited rights have been suspended since your birthday.
Some people would suggest to stop talking and do something about it. Like voting? I did except I voted with my feet. I lost faith in the political system a long time ago.
Some people would suggest the grassroots approach to effect change. Rome wasn’t buit in a day. I can strive to be the change that I wish to see in my society, but that’s a process that takes years or even decades. Death is certain and life is short. I prefer to use my time to enjoy life in places, where I’m welcome and treated equally.
Some people would suggest that I leave if I don’t like it. I did! I left the United States to live a better life abroad. Although, I’m grateful to be born in the United States because there’s one thing that I appreciate more than anything else. My passport! With that travel document, I can live in almost every country in the world.
Perhaps, the flag represents liberty and justice for some people, including you, but it doesn’t represent liberty and justice for all.