African American Protest Flag in Black, Red, and Green
Artist David Hammons’ combines the colors of the Pan-African flag with the pattern of the flag of the United States to represent African American identity. The African American Flag symbolizes the state of black people in this very divided country right now. The flag couldn’t be more relevant to this time in America where African Americans are facing hostility from the nation’s highest office. The flag was created in 1990 for the “Black USA” show at Museum Overholland in Amsterdam. The flag is inspired by the American flag but incorporates the colors of the Pan-African Flag also known as the Black Liberation Flag. The colors of the flag are representative, as the red is for the blood, the black is for the people and the green is for the natural wealth of the Motherland, Africa.
36" x 60" for prominent visibility at protests
Equipped with grommets for mounting and hanging
100% polyester knit flag fabric, 90GSM
Machine wash cold on gentle cycle, mild detergent
Single sided semitransparent dye sublimation print
Image on the back side is a mirrored image with 50-60% visibility
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This item is a print on demand product
Flags are printed within 6-8 business days
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While the flag is an artistic production, it enforces the idea that the United States is still a very divided country. Although it was created in 1990, almost 30 years later, it relates a more profound story than when its idea was first conceived.
At the time when red, black, and green were designated as the colors of black liberation, racism was more rampant than it is now. It was the norm. Black Americans had limited rights in this country. Although laws today are meant to protect everyone, they are not equally enforced. Africans around the world are still treated like second class citizens. So, the Pan African flag was designed to represent Africans, to express a common history, as well as a common destiny.
In the face of a hostile United States, does the black liberation flag still hold the weight that it did when it was created? In a day when black people in the country are still fighting for their rights as Americans, an African American flag, although seemingly divisive, represents the isolated state of the people it symbolizes.