The Age of Aquarius
- Sep 27, 2005
Pride in America cannot only be certain brand of white man's pride or else it's a lieThe demand that we be proud to be American has long served as a weapon, even when the vision of what we should be proud of has been solely white.
From left, the Grand Dragon of the Michigan Klu Klux Klan and the National Grand Wizard, from right, wave the
Confederate and US flags while Cleveland police officers provide a barrier between the stage and assembled
protesters during a KKK rally, in downtown Cleveland on Aug. 21, 1999.David Maxwel / AFP - Getty Images file
Oct. 11, 2020, 11:35 AM EDT
By Gerard Bush
"...Pride: It is a funny word, and one that can often keep us tethered to a vicious and durable lie. And the idea of — and demand for — pride in this country has for too long served as a weapon, an illusion to which we can fly our flags and puff out our chest as citizens standing atop the shiny city on the hill.
Pride keeps us dancing a jig, to demonstrate our unbending commitment to its rule. Question whether America was ever not-great, and find yourself on the receiving end of cascading Twitter vitriol — or worse. Bend the knee in protest, and they will take a pound of flesh..."
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The demand that we be proud to be American has long served as a weapon, even when the vision of what we should be proud of has been solely white.