For the past few years, some like to say the American flag is a symbol of police brutality or other injustices that have occurred throughout our country's history.
I disagree. I say the US flag does not represent any such thing and when people re-define it that way it is offensive to me. And that's sad because police brutality (and other government abuses of power) is a serious issue.
To me, the flag symbolizes our mutual attempt to create a society that allows us to live in freedom, including freedom from a government that abuses its power and harms us, its citizens.
It also symbolizes our right to protest our government for whatever reason, including the belief that the government owes us better than abusing the trust we give it.