What The American Flag Really Stands For

What The American Flag Really Stands For

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Recently, in Valdosta, Georgia on the campus of Valdosta State University there has been protest over the American flag. Eric Sheppard, which is known as a terrorist or activist for the Black Panther party, has especially been in the news for this. Eric Sheppard who proudly stepped all over an American flag said, “The meaning for the stepping on the flag was that flag represents white supremacy and racism which is plaguing the entire earth. So when we step on that flag we are stepping on racism and white supremacy, we are stepping on those things."

Eric Sheppard is wanted by law enforcement due to the fact he brought a gun in his backpack on the college campus during these protests. He is on the run and has yet to be captured. This has lead to many people across the country participating in what is called the “Eric Sheppard Challenge" in which an individual records themselves stomping all over the American flag and then posting it on social media. The day of the protest Eric Sheppard was recorded saying, “I indeed am a terrorist. I am a terrorist towards lies. I am a terrorist towards white people."

I am not sorry to be the one that says this, but you, Mr. Sheppard are not a terrorist, nor are an activist for any kind of rights. You are just a coward. You stepping on that flag (or any other participants in the Eric Sheppard challenge), are not stepping on the American flag due to racism or white supremacy, you are stepping on that flag because of ignorance.

That flag you are stepping on symbolizes America, land of the free and home of the brave. We live in the greatest place in the world. We live in a place where you can freely form any opinions or say anything you want to say with hardly any consequences. If you despise our country so strongly that you feel the need to step on the very piece of fabric that gives you the freedom to do as you want, then leave. I am sure you would come rushing back after a short time spent in a place like North Korea or Cuba, where you have no rights.

Our American flag represents a lot more than any words can explain. Our American flag represents the life of so many soldiers, sailors, and other military personnel that so bravely left their homes and loved ones to fight for this country. They fought and gave their lives for people to be able to freely say what they want and step on the American flag if their ignorant heart so desired. Maybe it is hard to understand for you but ask a person that has had a loved one never come home, or ask the widow that has been handed a folded up flag at her husband's funeral. That flag that represents racism and white supremacy to you, is the last thing some family members have of their loved ones. That flag to them represents the sacrifices that have been made, the danger they have put themselves through, and yet if you asked any person who has served, they would not take it back for anything.

In the wise words of Lee Greenwood, “I am proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free and I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me."

Fly that flag high and thank a veteran for the ability to fly that flag.

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6 Things You Should Know About The Woman Who Can't Stand Modern Feminism

Yes, she wants to be heard too.

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2018 is sort of a trap for this woman. She believes in women with all of the fire inside of her, but it is hard for her to offer support when people are making fools of themselves and disguising it as feminism.

The fact of the matter is that women possess qualities that men don't and men possess qualities that women don't. That is natural. Plus, no one sees men parading the streets in penis costumes complaining that they don't get to carry their own fetus for nine months.

1. She really loves and values women.

She is incredibly proud to be a woman.

She knows the amount of power than a woman's presence alone can hold. She sees when a woman walks into a room and makes the whole place light up. She begs that you won't make her feel like a "lady hater" because she doesn't want to follow a trend that she doesn't agree with.

2. She wants equality, too

She has seen the fundamental issues in the corporate world, where women and men are not receiving equal pay.

She doesn't cheer on the businesses that don't see women and men as equivalents. But she does recognize that if she works her butt off, she can be as successful as she wants to.

3. She wears a bra.

While she knows the "I don't have to wear a bra for society" trend isn't a new one, but she doesn't quite get it. Like maybe she wants to wear a bra because it makes her feel better. Maybe she wears a bra because it is the normal things to do... And that's OK.

Maybe she wants to put wear a lacy bra and pretty makeup to feel girly on .a date night. She is confused by the women who claim to be "fighting for women," because sometimes they make her feel bad for expressing her ladyhood in a different way than them.

4. She hates creeps just as much as you do. .

Just because she isn't a feminist does not mean that she is cool with the gruesome reality that 1 in 5 women are sexually abused.

In fact, this makes her stomach turn inside out to think about. She knows and loves people who have been through such a tragedy and wants to put the terrible, creepy, sexually charged criminals behind bars just as bad as the next woman.

Remember that just because she isn't a feminist doesn't mean she thinks awful men can do whatever they want.

5. There is a reason she is ashamed of 2018's version of feminism.

She looks at women in history who have made a difference and is miserably blown away by modern feminism's performance.

Not only have women in the past won themselves the right to vote, but also the right to buy birth control and have credit cards in their names and EVEN saw marital rape become a criminal offense.

None of them dressed in vagina costumes to win anyone over though... Crazy, right?

6. She isn't going to dress in a lady parts costume to prove a point.

This leaves her speechless. It is like the women around her have absolutely lost their minds and their agendas, only lessening their own credibility.

"Mom, what are those ladies on TV dressed up as?"

"Ummm... it looks to me like they are pink taco's honey."

She loves who she is and she cherished what makes her different from the men around her. She doesn't want to compromise who she is as a woman just so she can be "equal with men."

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We Lived To See History Made In The 2018 Election And That's Pretty Freakin' Awesome

Politics aside, we lived to see history.

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November 6th was a very memorable day in US history. Politics aside, election day was a very monumental day of change for the minorities of our country. Several women, Muslims, and members of the LGBT community were elected into office this year which is a huge step for our country.

In terms of women being elected, there was a record-breaking number in this year's election. 235 US house of representatives, 22 US senates, 3379 State of legislatures, and 16 governors (YASSS LADIES).

An openly gay man was also elected governor of Colorado, along with an Oregon governor who identifies as bisexual.

After the major hype of election day results, all headlines read "Midterm election will feature the most diverse group of candidates ever" and "The midterm elections have made history with several firsts". And I think it says a lot that the media is taking notice and praising the diversity.

The steps that we as a country are taking towards openness and acceptance of every individual no matter what their race, gender, or sexuality is something that I am proud to be part of.

Webster's Dictionary defines the term "vote" as: a usually formal expression of opinion or will in response to a proposed decision.

An expression of opinion.

Which everyone is entitled to, no matter who they are or what their opinion happens to be.

Politicians serve increasingly diverse communities with a wide range of different needs. Minorities, people with disabilities, and the elderly have a number of group-specific concerns that should be addressed by people who understand those concerns first-hand.

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Interested individuals from different minority communities will also draw on a larger pool of candidates. It encourages political participation by giving them a chance to stand up and help bring their particular issues to the forefront.

Diversifying candidates will diversify policy.

And the meaning of "diverse" goes way beyond just race or sex. Having an office of vastly diverse skills and passions is also beneficial because it gives more depth and balance to a department. If everybody political leader came from the same background and had the same morals, we wouldn't be able to properly address the needs of every individual.

In a nutshell, political diversity is how we can fulfill the needs of individuals in every political party. And I hope this election opens the doors for more people to have the courage to stand up for what you believe in and for what you want to do. No one should ever feel like they cannot accomplish their goals while still staying true to yourself.

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