Malcolm X and Patriotism
In his speech entitled “The Ballot or the Bullet,” Malcolm X states that he doesn’t even consider himself an American. Although I understand where he was coming from when making this statement, feeling he and other African-Americans didn’t share the same full freedoms as the rest of the country, I still found it frustrating that a true American would say such a thing. It is safe to say that Malcolm X wasn’t the only person in the 1960’s who felt this way, and there are certainly American citizens today who agree with his sentiment. I believe this, an overall lack of patriotism, to be a major problem in this country.
I find that the average American citizen could care less about what goes on in this country based on extremely low voter turnouts in elections and the general lack of knowledge on what is happening in our government. I also find that people are much quicker to criticize the government and its policies than praise our country for the many freedoms that we enjoy. How can we expect to move forward and make this country a better place if we don’t vote? How can we expect to make positive changes if we don’t care enough about the current state of the country?
I’ll be one of the first people to admit that America is far from perfect. However, I’ll also be one of the first people to admit that America is the best country in the world. In order for this country to get through its wide array of problems, we all must realize how fortunate we are to live here and be proud of it. We as citizens enjoy more political freedom than in any other country and we need to take advantage of it. We need to vote, we need to be active, and we need to show why the United States of America is the greatest country on Earth.