Breaking Brown

February 2, 2012

On Patriotism: Black History Month vs. African AMERICAN History Month


African Americans have been more patriotic than I think anyone would’ve predicted given our history in this country. My dad flew Old Glory out in front of our house for years, and although there’s a lot of bad stuff out there, and much of it was created at hands of American officials, I think it’s important (and smart) for this President to acknowledge our patriotism, with a wink and a nod no less.

In my mind, there’s ownership in patriotism. “I’m patriotic because this country is my own.” And being patriotic is empowering because it moves the needle from being disaffected to being determined. The fact that our forefathers fought in every American war since this country’s inception  means that this country is ours just as much as anybody elses…and we shouldn’t stop fighting for it just because some folks are hell bent on stealing it from us. I’ve always liked that framing better than any of the other alternatives. I don’t have a kid, but if I did, I’m sure this would be the line I’d push.

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2 thoughts on “On Patriotism: Black History Month vs. African AMERICAN History Month

  1. black yoda says:

    I can see your point of view on this, but I’m not patriotic at all. Black people being patriotic in the U.S. makes as much sense as black people being religious in this country. I know this country is not my own; I just live here. This is the same for most black people if they’re honest. I’m with Chris Rock in that I don’t care if a Russian tank is rolling down flatbush ave in Brooklyn. I don’t care if tripods rise up from the ground and start vaporizing people. I ain’t fighting shit. I ain’t pledging allegiance to a flag or singing the national anthem (which is an interesting read, particularly the third verse). Patriotism makes sense if it’s in support of a country that supports you. My two cents.

    1. Thomas says:

      The country DOES support you.

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