The media has almost successfully made patriotism a thing of the past. From Kaepernick calling for Nike to remove the flag from a shoe to women’s soccer player Rapinoe’s anthem protest, everything about being proud to be an American is under attack.

Millions of Americans still care deeply for the country and are proud to wear the flag and our colors, but any kind of patriotism is often misconstrued by the media as to supporting white nationalism. It’s completely untrue, baseless and insulting.

For those so unpatriotic, I’ll ask this: If America is such a horrible place for POC, why do so many risk their lives and the lives of their children to get here by any means necessary?

Joe Guttenbeil

Redwood City

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