The American flag represents a pseudo form of history which Americans perceive at face value. The history of this country is a conflicting history due to the brutalization and decapitation of indigenous people to advance our nation. When Americans take pride in this flag, they take pride in a history that has oppressed, demoralized and isolated many Americans. When I hear the word "patriotic" , I tend to react in disconcert, not because I hate my country, but because i am not a recipient of privilege in this country. I ask this simple question?, Why should i be patriotic? When this country is known to dehumanize, persecute and morally sabotage its own citizens. Our elected officials are quick to send aid to Israel, but when it comes to their own constituents, they are told to pull themselves up by their own boot straps, when a boot nor a strap are in sight. Status quo teaches citizens that it is unpatriotic to question the establishment, especially in concerns to social issues.
When Michele Obama Stated, that "This is the first time I am proud of my country", in context to her husband winning the democratic election,conservatives attacked her statements instead of having empathy for her convictions. A logical minded individual would marvel at her beliefs and be willing to hear her point of view, but she was marginalized and labeled as a "Angry Black Woman". It is as though when a person of color speaks on their experiences' their either looked down upon or considered unpatriotic, as though their experiences do not hold any merit. This is a major problem in America which mentally isolates citizens as though they are aliens in their own land. Until everyone's story is listened to and given serious discussion, this country will continue to be divided. Leaving individuals like my self unpatriotic.