Every time I drive by suburbs with American flags hanging from every other house I can’t help but feel sick. The sickness emerges from the preservation of an imperialist state at the cost of millions of lives around the world, their resources and the health of the planet at large. The Amerikkkan flag is founded on the genocide of the indigenous, holding more people in prison today than were originally in slavery, torturing people kidnapped from their homes in the middle east without trial or evidence, indefinite detention, funding genocides of other peoples around the world, exploiting the planet without regard, police murder of one persyn of color every 28 hrs… and the list goes on.
What really is the symbolic difference between ‘old glory’ and the swastika? Was it that Nazi Germany was overt in it’s imperialistic method and ideology while the US has seized land for military bases in 194 countries under the guise of ‘goodwill’ and quietly poisons Iraq with White phosphorous while dropping drones on Pakistan & Yemen? Perhaps it is that the US prefers the method of sanctions and embargoes against areas as methods of starving populations (Somalia, Haiti… ect) and exploiting other under-nourished peoples for their cheap labor rather than setting up formal labor camps. Oh wait, but then there are US Prisons, which now produce goods for dozens of US corporations and companies while ‘paying’ prisoners an average of 9 cents an hour. And yes, Nazi Germany killed a LOT of folks systematically on the basis of ethnicity, race, sexuality, ability, and personal convictions. It was horrific. The US is systematically killing people for their land, resources and labor unchallenged as they are systematically ‘othered’. US companies and the military have and continue to murder regions around the world (1984 a less than up to date fertilizer plant managed by DOW leaked massive amounts of poisonous gas into a province of India killing 10,000 and eventually about 20,000 people; the mass sale of Monsanto GMO cotton seeds requiring massive amounts of water contributed to the overwhelming debt and suicides of 250,000 farmers in the last ten years in India alone, napalming Vietnam, detonating Nukes over the south pacific). But, perhaps more sinister is the way that the global wealth disparity we perpetuate with high interest loans, trade ‘agreements’, wars and overall exploitation creates poverty and poverty-driven violence. The US has more than it needs. It is actively murdering regions around the world in cold, indifferent, capitalist greed.
When I see Amerikkkan flags prominently displayed I want to vomit and whenever I can, I take them down. May I not be one who remained complacent during the perpetuation of an imperialist regime.