My wish, my want, my hope, is that we can help all see that it is not the country, the flag, that we oppose, it's what that flag has come to represent for many.
People are protesting not America but the disconnect between what we say we're about in this country, and the lived realities for so many.
I so hope we can RECLAIM the flag - make clear what we DO BELIEVE, what we DO VALUE, what we WILL stand strong to Protect. In this moment, we need to say clearly what our flag truly represents and for what it stands.
I wrote this flag pictured here some months ago. I encourage you to write your own, or to share this one.
Let's get the conversation stripped back to shared values, and align as human beings - and force the conversation to a focus on the people of this country - our health and wellbeing, and not on party politics, frames of 'us' and 'them'.
We need to stand together - to help one another get through the natural disasters and the other national disasters of these times. Let’s take our cue from the ballplayers who stood arm in arm on the field as the national anthem played. We have to talk to each other, look out for each other, stand together. Let’s lock arms.
If you do not feel free to share your thoughts, or you don’t have a forum or place where you feel heard, I welcome you to write or talk to me. I want to hear it. Not platitudes, but personal feelings and experience and needs and values. Can we get back there?