Who can blame them if they’re Black and bearing the weight of inequality, manifest in gaping disparities in such areas as wealth accumulation, incarceration, and COVID-19 death rates? Liberals’ shyness about wearing their love of country on their sleeves leaves them open to charges of being unpatriotic — motivating Republicans to bank on this form of patriotism and make it a conspicuous part of their brand. "If someone fights to make your life better, don't you owe them a lifelong debt of gratitude? I’m a veteran of a weekend-long workshop on undoing racism, not to mention numerous presentations on bias and diversity. Not that it’s physically dangerous in the same way as first responders’ work — although it can be, as witnessed by the brutal beating John Lewis absorbed as a young man and by protesters getting beaten, even killed, over recent months. American patriotism originated with the Revolution, and such iconic people and events as George Washington, Valley Forge, and the Battle of Yorktown. Garrera is the executive director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.

It’s what makes our country great. Firefighters and, in my limited experience, most police officers are patriotic in much the same way. That's how you can repay me.". Adam McCann , Financial Writer Jun 22, 2020.

It is in times of war, he attests, that patriotism is at its strongest. Here's what to expect in the 2020 election. The Civil War, he says, was the "high tide of patriotism ... even though those in the North and those in the South had very different ideas of what patriotism meant." But as a first-generation American of European parents, I came of age in the 1950s and ’60s with the assurance that my country was founded on the ideals of truth, decency and civility. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. A tragedy, but not a crime: Breonna Taylor's heartbreaking death exposes a chasm between law and justice. You may rejoice, I must mourn.”. Is that how it feels if you’re white and you’re attending a workshop, or engaging in candid conversation, about the corrosive role of racism?

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As for white people, Trump speaks as though facing racism might be too traumatizing.

There is nothing wrong with any of those, of course. Please support high-quality local journalism. It’s true that some anti-racism activists demonstrate a bitterness, sadness and anger about their experience of life in America. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. Then I realized I just normalized it. "Lincoln didn't wake up one day and decide to be a patriot ... he got his ideals from the Founding Fathers," Garrera claims. One version of patriotism emphasizes, like Trump’s tweet, a showy pride in the country. At that time, the iconic Uncle Sam we think of today "let people know there was something to stand up for," Garrera says.

Trump said last month that he was extending his recently announced ban against “divisive and harmful” racial sensitivity trainings. "I did what I did because I'm patriotic. On the way, he happened upon an older gentleman, a Marine veteran who took him to his own home, found a tire, drove young Joseph back to his car, and changed the flat for him. The answer is that you’re going to have to give up the innocence with which you go on enjoying the benefits of being in the favored majority. Daily life: I thought I never personally experienced racism.

He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, C-Span, and PBS.

You can leverage your privilege for the benefit of those who don’t have it — by insisting that people of color receive the same treatment as you, whether it’s from police or hiring managers or education policymakers or the politicians and election officials who are supposed to make sure everyone has the same opportunity to vote. Though I never was sent overseas, many of the men and women I trained with never returned from Vietnam. On the other hand, what is more patriotic than the tireless work of Black civil rights leaders like the late John Lewis, who believed in America enough, who loved his country enough, to refuse to give up on its vision of equality?

And for those ideals and the comfort it brought me, I thought it was only right to serve. "They say that the soldiers who fought in WWII were the greatest generation.

"We're lucky to live  in this great country.

He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in American history, and serves on several prominent Abraham Lincoln organizations.

His most recent book is Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower.

Those that did carried both physical and emotional scars. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20).

Apply today toward becoming the newest member of Northampton Community College. Patriotism is alive and well here, and our country is in much better shape than what some would have you believe.". Frederick Douglass’s words still ring true: “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.

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He's even been given a tour of the Lincoln bedroom, courtesy of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. 2020’s Most Patriotic States in America. If you want to pay me, I want you to spend your life being patriotic, too. Then I realized I just normalized it.

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I think all those who have fought for our country are the greatest of their own generations," Garrera says. Follow him on Twitter: @tkrattenmaker. To respond to a column, submit a comment to letters@usatoday.com.

Garrera is the executive director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. I’m aspiring to be anti-racist and patriotic. But as a first-generation American of European parents, I came of age in the 1950s and ’60s with the assurance that my country was founded on the ideals of truth, decency and civility. It is only as I’ve aged that I have come to realize what I’d always taken for granted—that I love this country. It’s where courtesy in behavior and speech defines civility, no matter what our point of view. I must have missed the hate-my-country part.

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