Steve, I agree with your points. "Patriotism" is used by some whites as one code word for racist agendas. Using the word can be a way of marginalizing people who do not look like you, have your cultural values or people who disagree with your political philosophy. Not being patriotic can mean you are un-American, not one of us. Not being a "true American" can be a rationale for "remedies" like the House Un-American Activities hearings against Jewish directors in Hollywood during the 1950s, the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, etc. . It can be the basis of the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890, and later, the award of the Congressional Medal of Honor to white soldiers of the 7th Cavalry,one of the great "patriotic" ironies of American history. Learning our history is not the same as accepting personal responsibility for what happened decades or centuries ago. That was my point.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 21:39