Tonight at 7PM: From Protest to Policy // The Path to Change after Stockley // Main Auditorium in the Dr. Henry Givens Jr. Administration Building (HGA) at Harris-Stowe State University, 3026 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
Patriotism is not just standing and showing respect to a flag. It isn’t just placing that flag outside your door. It isn’t just placing a bumper sticker on your car that says “Support The Troops” on it. It isn’t just casting your vote in a voting booth. And it isn’t just showing respect to a veteran.
Are all those things patriotic? To some, yes. But if you stop there I believe you’ve stopped short.
Patriotism is taking an active role in your community. It’s having those difficult conversations about race and sexism with people you may not know well, and some you do know well. Patriotism is questioning the status quo and wondering how we can be better. It’s making sure America is a place everyone is proud to call home. Patriotism is being faced with a hard truth and examining where you fit into the fabric of our diverse nation.
Don’t sell patriotism short. It is a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
Photos of artist painting the boarded up windows in the Delmar Loop. If you can, go support these businesses that were damaged in the coming weeks. Many of the store owners have to pay for the damage themselves (not the landlord) and insurance policies are now written where they will not be covered for a broken window in an instance such as this.
I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.