American Flag, By Barbara Jordan Essay

1044 Words Oct 10th, 2015 5 Pages
“We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves”, once said Barbara Jordan. Barbara Jordan was a leader in the civil rights movement and do to her experiences she has developed this opinion. During her time, African-Americans were fighting to have rights and be treated as people. Therefore, her opinion that everyone should be accepted has definitely been influenced by how she was treated and how throughout her life she had to fight for the right to be seen as a person, even if she was different than what the majority believed to be “normal”. Purposefully, within the first collection there were stories that were meant to show how accepting people are, and whether or not we, as a society, should be accepting of others no matter what. These texts included ones such as, What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?, American Flag Stands for Tolerance, and My So-Called Enemy. Furthermore, in American Flag Stands for Tolerance Allen discusses how, as Americans, we should accept the fact that others burn the American flag. Admittedly, burning the American flag is perfectly legal, but there are still people who argue that an act like this is heretical. Arguments from both sides vary from saying that freedom of speech includes the freedom to express yourself, to believing that burning the flag is disrespectful to your country, to the people who fight for the country, and the people who fought to give you the right to freedom of speech. However, the…

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