Which is worse: racism or patriotism?

Racism is an ugly, disgusting thing. Everyone knows this. No “good Christian” would admit to being racist. (I said they wouldn’t admit to it, I didn’t say they aren’t.)

But doesn’t patriotism kill just as many (or more) people? Think about it.

So can you really say one is better than the other?

One thought on “Which is worse: racism or patriotism?

  1. fokwolf says:

    The 2 terms should not even be compared on the same scale.

    Patriotism is love of and/or devotion to one’s country: individual responsibility to fellow citizens is an inherent component of patriotism.

    Racism is a belief or ideology that all members of each racial group possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially to distinguish it as being either superior or inferior to another racial group or racial groups.

    Patriotism grown violent to other countries or people is called ‘nationalism’ or even ‘jingoism’. Increasingly in the last 150 yrs patriotism and nationalism have become conflated; I’d even argue that in the U.S. in the past 2 decades there has been a concerted movement to make ‘patriotism’ a dirty word. Such thinking is to radically misunderstand and misrepresent the true patriot.

    This question generalizes patriotism in a negative light. Ironically, it’s exactly this kind of generalization that, when applied to ethnic groups, we most often label as ‘racism’.

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