Mass shooting challenges the core US national identity

August 05, 2019

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Two people are shown walking away from the camera with a Mexican flag and a US flag draped over their shoulders like capes.

One person wearing a Mexican flag stands next to another wearing an American flag at a rally against hate on June 4 in the wake of a mass shooting which killed 21 at a Wal-Mart store in El Paso, Texas.


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