I believe Charlotte A., author of "What The Flag Stands For," is right on - we really do treat the flag better than we treat people. All the flag really is is colored cloth that represents our American beliefs. Now, we should treat people with more love and less pain. I believe in the American way. The people make America what it is and we should treat everyone with the same respect as the president (or the next big thing) so that we can still be called the land of dreams and hopes.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.