While the Western world gleefully cheers about the Ukrainians and their fight against the Russians and excuses Ukrainian perpetuation of racism, I would like to know how many within the West are also willing to share in the suffering as this tragic situation escalates to possible nuclear war. Putin will not stop until a much … Continue reading TikTok Wars, Crafted Media Images, and Suspension of Belief
“When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent. The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny that it exists.“ Isaac Asimov Patriotism in 21st Century America In its simplest and purest form, patriotism is a strong identification and connection with the country and individuals who strongly identify as patriotic embrace a … Continue reading Contextualizing January 6th: Patriotism, Race, and the Politics of Grievance
Join me and other scholars as we discuss American patriotism in the 21st century in my special issue of the Journal of Veterans Studies http://journal-veterans-studies.org/
I have shared previously that I am currently climbing my metaphorical mountain to complete my doctorate. Yesterday, I submitted the draft of my dissertation proposal – a project I had been working on since June. As I am sure many of you have experienced, last night I felt relief and joy with accomplishing one more … Continue reading Remembrance and Origin Stories: Why Analyze the Black Patriotic Tradition
“Citizens by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections the name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism” – Farewell Address, George Washington Today, we celebrate 245 years since the Declaration of Independence, recognizing the … Continue reading July 4th Can Still Be a Call to Action
What is affirmed or disaffirmed when we identify something as patriotic? How we conceptualize American patriotism today has been distorted by political extremes for political ends. Since January 6th it has become very clear that it is not knowledge that our society lacks – we all saw what happened. What is clear, however, is that … Continue reading Patriotism in the 21st Century
Please read my article in Faith and Leadership: https://faithandleadership.com/bryon-l-garner-remembering-sacrifice-black-veterans-memorial-day
My discussion for the the past year has centered on the distinction of race among veterans as seen through the lens of patriotism. The aftermath of January 6th elevated the issue of extremism and the radicalization of members within the military. I also add that a nexus exists between the military and law enforcement communities … Continue reading Extremism in the US military: Why it matters
March 25th was National Medal of Honor Day (MOH), a federal observance commemorating the recipients of our country’s highest honor for giving the highest measure of heroic service and sacrifice. Enacted by law in December 1861 and first awarded during the Civil War, there are only slightly over 3500 recipients of this medal. I have … Continue reading National Commemoration of Service and a New Perspective of Black Lives Matter
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