James Baldwin once said, “I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” Baldwin's words are the sound of patriotism. Since 2016, we've watched right-wing, conservative, white supremacist, exclusionary people co-opt the American flag and claim patriotism – and we’re tired of it.
As former educators, we understand the power of representation. We want everyone to know that patriots are not the insurgents that stormed the Capitol on January 6th, or those who had previously and have since stood by in silence. Patriots are people who see the possibility America holds to be a place of true social justice for all.
We know that #PatriotsLookLikeUs, and Patriots Believe:
If you are a patriot we ask that you support and share our message, help us build this community and movement to proudly reclaim patriotism.
Towards liberty & justice,
Rachel & Kate