This paper will examine the evolution and current state of the concept of patriotism from different angles and perspectives. Questions will be raised regarding the inherent positive and negative characteristics of patriotism in its current form, with particular attention paid to the relationships between patriotism and the concepts of whiteness, white privilege, and white supremacy. I suggest that current understandings of patriotism protect and promote the structure of whiteness and white privilege in the United States of America. Lastly, this paper will discuss ways that we can begin to redefine what patriotism is so that the term can become more inclusive of all citizens of our nation as well as become intrinsic in our youth who will lead our country forward.

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