‘America, love it or leave it’ is not about race

‘America, love it or leave it’ is not about race
This is not about imperialism. It is about spreading freedom throughout the world. (Image: Library of Congress)

For decades politicians and news makers on the Left has been trying to persuade the persuadable masses to see everything through a lens of race. Sadly, a new poll suggests they are succeeding: According to a Rasmussen national survey of likely voters conducted earlier this month, 32% of Democrats think it’s racist any time a white politician criticizes a politician of color.

The knee-jerk (emphasis on “jerk”) need to interpret everything as racist has grown into a full-blown fetish in the era of Donald Trump. His now-infamous tweet that many have construed as telling the four House freshmen known as the “Squad” to go “back where they came from” threatens to become a new mantra among social justice warriors.

The only problems is that the sentiment, which is also sometimes expressed as “America, love it or leave it,” doesn’t have racist roots. Rather, the phrase was popularized in the 1960s, when it was used in reaction to the intensely anti-American claims of the antiwar left. It was not about race.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."