What's Your Relationship to the Red, White and Blue?

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A man wears American flag shorts in an exhibit hall at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center during the NRA's annual convention on May 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo: Loren ELLIOTT / AFP/Getty Images)

For many, Independence Day is a chance to put their patriotism on full display: whether that's wearing red, white and blue, flying a flag or singing along to the National Anthem. However, such displays have become divisive cultural signifiers often associated with right-wing politics. On this July Fourth, Forum takes up a comment submitted by a listener who writes "Rarely do I notice an American flag at liberal street events. Why has the Flag become a symbol for the right and ignored by the left?" And we want to hear from you: What's your relationship to the American flag? How, if at all, do you choose to display your patriotism? Is it hard to display your patriotism in the Bay Area?

Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology, Columbia University; author, "Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street"
Mohamed Shehk, director of media and communications, Critical Resistance