I wish these pictures were no longer relevant

I wish this photo-essay only dealt with issues that were long past in our country, that the flag was something we could look at without any squeamishness about what our country stands for, and what we actually do and how we actually act as a nation.

Unfortunately, by the time you get to the end of the essay, the last image is just too recent.

It makes me think of a bumper sticker I saw once: “I love my country, but I think we need to see other people.”