Why I refuse to use the flag GIVEN to us for Juneteenth!

When I received the image below via email, I was enraged. Why enraged, one may ask? Seeing a Red, White, and Blue represent the freedom of United States Citizens from being enslaved while there is a flag representative to the Black people of the United States, which is represented by the colors Red, Black, and Green.

Juneteenth Flag created by Ken Haith and Lisa Jeanne Graf

I researched the design of the flag. I came across an article from CNN. Upon reading the article, my anger was solidified. Please click the link, https://tinyurl.com/juneteenthflag, which provides the history of the flag.

This reminds me of how history of the USA is being whitewashed, this is another avenue in which it is being done. This may appear to be trivial; however, as I learned more about the creation of this flag, I became further enraged. The creator of this flag is Ben Haith. Picture retrieved from https://twitter.com/B3N_H41TH/photo

Ken Haith

Continuing with the reading, I also learned that the illustrator was Lisa Jeanne Graf. Picture retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-jeanne-graf-a9863a6/.

Lisa Jeanne Graf

As you can see, there is no Black American involved in the creation or illustration of this flag. I see a lot of people sharing this flag and it is clear that more education is needed.

Below is the flag that better represents the Black people of the United States. The flag’s colors are Red, Black, and Green. View the flag and read what each of the colors represent. The image of the flag was retrieved from https://pathlesspagan.tumblr.com/post/182524331380.

UNIA Flag, 1921

This is not to cause division, hate, or disgust, this blog is to bring clarity, education, and understanding. I know that the history of the United States is a long and arduous history; but, it is not beneficial to anyone to leave out the importance that Black people have to the USA.

I invite everyone to learn more about the history of the United States for ALL of the citizens. The USA was never, nor will it ever be, all White. You can call it a melting pot, mosaic, blended, or whatever. However, it is important not to eliminate ANY member of the citizenry.

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