UFO Flag Descriptions
The Middle Passage
All of our All American flags have black fields (union) on which there are red stars. This union represents that which most unites us around the world—our Africaness. The red stars represent the blood of the best of people which has been spilled in our centuries long struggle for survival and independence. In the tradition of Marcus Garvey, red stands for the blood of the people shed in struggle, black for the people themselves and green for the youth and new ideas. If possible, possess and display each flag from time to time to deepen our consciousness and expression of unity.
The Islander flag (red, black and green stripes)—The Islander flag calls forth the feelings of our NATIVE culture. It seethes with the essence of the RASTA spirit and SCREAMS out . . . . Africa. It a festive, robust flag which generously incorporates the colors of Marcus Garvey shared by all three flags. In addition to its other attributes the Islander, at once, embraces a sense of rebellion and carnival. It was an Islander, Marcus Garvey, who most kept alive among us the vision of Africa. And it is in the Islands and South America that we most witness the living aspects of African culture in the hemisphere f the Americas.
While remnants of Africa remain in the North American south, they’ve become muted and are fading fast. The black in the Islander flag is increased over that of the Mainlander to reflect the African traditions and culture which have been sustained in the Islands and South America. The red denotes the blood sacrifice of our ancestors and the green in recognizes our youth in South America and the Islands and the opportunity they represent for our future.
The Middle Passage flag (black and green stripes)—Dominated by green and black, the Middle Passage flag honors those ancestors who rebelled, were tortured, brutalized and died in the crossing. These prisoners on slave ships were in their youth as individuals and as blood lines. Green is a color which, among other things often symbolizes youth in African cultures. In this flag, green also reflects the energy of the captive and portrays a resiliently stubborn yearning for the native land. Those who died in the Middle Passage were never to be transformed. They remained African in every sense and this is represented by the dominance of black in the Middle Passage flag. The red stars remind us that we must be guided by the light of their blood buried and mingled in the deep dark depths of the ocean. The Middle Passage flag is sometimes used for funeral ceremonies to honor ancestors in their final passage as it honors those of the Middle Passage.
The Mainlander flag (red and green stripes)—The Mainlander flag evokes the feel of the standard USA flag more so than the Middle Passage or the Islander flags. The feel of the colors are light and official. It is a bright flag, conservatively festive yet resolute. Green is a color which, among other things, often symbolizes youth in African cultures. Hence, the green in this flag recognizes our youth in North America and the opportunity they represent for future. The brightness of this flag is like a beacon which extols the accomplishments of Africans in America among whom are as well trained a cadre of African people as anywhere in the World. Properly employed, this human and intellectual resource offers dynamic support for the efforts toward freedom and independence of Africans worldwide. The dominance of red in the Mainlander reminds us that America is soaked in our blood. It reminds us that the majesty of the USA is a direct result our blood sacrifice—even on foreign shores. African people everywhere have benefited from the unique sacrifice of African Americans as have all others who have cited our condition and emulated our tradition of struggle to define and achieve their human rights.
Caring for Your New Flag
The Us For Once (UFO) “All American” flag is one of the very finest made. Given reasonable care it should provide maximum service and satisfaction. Here are a few simple suggestions to help you enjoy your new flag longer:
** Only flags made specifically for exterior use should be displayed outdoors.
** For best results, do not expose your flag to rain, snow or abnormally high winds; these forces of nature can shorten its life considerably. Should the flag become wet, it should be spread out and allowed to dry completely. Do not fold or roll up a wet or damp flag.
** To keep its rich colors looking bright, clean your flag regularly before soiling and discoloration from dirt, smoke, dust and other airborne contaminants “set” in the fabric. Outdoor flags can be hand-washed with warm water and a mild soap, then thoroughly rinsed and spread out to dry. Do not let the flag stand in the wash water or you might experience some color “make-off” from stripe to stripe. Professional dry cleaning is recommended for indoor/parade flags.
** Do not place the flag where the wind will whip it against rough surfaces, tree branches, wires, cables, etc. The smallest tear can soon result in a tattered flag. Keep pole surfaces free of heavy dirt, rust, scale and corrosion that could damage your flag.
** Inspect your flag regularly for signs of wear. In particular, look for “normal wear” fabric or thread breaks which may occur in the “fly” end. This is the end furthest from the staff. Trimming off and re-hemming torn or frayed ends will help extend the life of your flag.
Regardless of how well it is constructed, a flag is, after all, only a piece of cloth and will sooner or later succumb to the elements. However, it has been well documented that reasonably good care can contribute greatly to longer life.