• Black Magazine Says “Patriotism is For White People”

    It’s stunning what you can find online these days. I wonder if this is what Al Gore imagined when he invented it.

    The Root is an online magazine that describes themselves as:

    (The Root) is a digital magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary and news from a variety of black perspectives.

    Do they really think that patriotism is only for white people? They recently tweeted just that opinion.

    The author of the piece, Terrell Jermaine Starr, is absolutely not kidding. I am quite sure there are more than a few African Americans who would disagree with his assessment of patriotism. Maybe he just doesn’t understand the meaning? Maybe he doesn’t realize that the red, white, and blue loves all Americans, no matter their melanin levels.

    Mr. Starr stated this is why he believes patriotism is for “Whites Only”:

    The American flag, drenched in the blood of American Indians and enslaved Africans, has been romanticized as a symbol of guardianship for all citizens of this nation. One of the main centerpieces of patriotism encapsulated in the flag’s meaning is military service.

    America’s inception was never designed to accommodate the liberty and freedoms of its nonwhite people.

    I realize America is not perfect. Racism obviously still exists, maybe it always will, but tearing down the flag is no way to do fix anything. Mr. Starr feels our President and our our nation is utterly racist.

    President Donald Trump is a white supremacist and is keenly aware of the symbolism the flag represents. That is why he tweeted this morning to #StandForOurAnthem.

    Trump would not have won the White House if millions of patriots were not emotionally attuned to his rhetoric of “Make America great again,” which is nothing more than a death cry for people who feel their whiteness is being devalued as the country becomes more diverse.

    Whoa! Let me get this straight. Standing for our Anthem is racist. Make America Great Again is racist and Trump won because white people are afraid of black people taking over the country? Does Mr. Starr have any idea just how utterly racist his views are? I doubt it.

    He goes on to really explain what it is behind all this kneeling:

    There has never been a point in U.S. history when nonwhite bodies were not under the threat of state violence. That is why black people are kneeling before the flag. It was never intended to reflect the protection of our humanity. If it were, police officers would not get away with shooting and killing black people with reckless abandon, all while wearing an American-flag patch on their uniforms.

    How does he get around the fact that many officers of the law are black? How does rectify with the statistics that the vast majority of blacks are killed by other blacks? How does he settle his hatred of whites with the fact that blacks and whites fall in love and inter-racially marry all the time in America?

    This is a terrifying example of hatred and racism in America. If blacks are afraid of the KKK, whites should be afraid of this person for the exact same reasons.

    All racism is flat out evil. Mr. Starr is a prime example of how wrong people can go thinking they are doing right. He finishes by explaining how black people are suffering by all the flag waving versus how white people are taking it:

    The difference is that black people are suffering as we resist the flag-waving, national-anthem-singing patriotism that has always protected anti-black violence, while (white people) are crying because we can’t shut up and stand for a flag and an anthem that protects (whites) in ways that will never protect us. (Whites) will continue to cry for their patriotism. Black people will cry in mourning over the violence that their patriotism protects.

    Sad. I am suffering because when I see the flag and sing the anthem it has nothing to do with race. It has to do with sacrifice of those who have gone before.

    I am suffering because of my great, great uncle who died in Andersonville Prison in Georgia. He was a poor Iowa farm boy far from his home fighting to free black people. I’m sad for grandma’s brother who died in World War II fighting to save Jews from German concentration camps. I’m sad for my father-in-law who won a Purple Heart for his time in Korea.

    That is why I stand. I’m sorry Mr. Starr sees so much hatred and division in our country. I hope he eventually will see that he is perpetuating it.

    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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