How To Pledge Allegiance When America Turns its Back on You

January 29, 2017

Pledge allegiance to the Flag, or be labeled unpatriotic.

That’s what you’ll here in so many circles. But, many of the voices in those circles seem unpatriotic themselves…fueled by bigotry & hatred.

How do we pledge allegiance in a way that’s authentic to our identity? How do we pledge allegiance in a way that doesn’t dishonor our ancestors, and the blood they shed for our freedom?

I had a conversation with my 12 year old son that served to spark the content for this episode. I wonder how you are addressing this with your sons and daughters. Are we setting our children up to be strong Americans, honoring the Legacy of our ancestors who fought to end slavery and segregation?

In this episode of Blacks with Power, I’ll share some strategies for an authentic allegiance to America that is worthy of the Black Legacy.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

  1. Blacks with Power Sweepstakes. Encouraging you to get involved with your various organizations, strengthening their ability to fight on our behalf.
  2. Declaration of Independence & Constitution of the United States of America. Don’t just read it online. You should actually own a copy.
  3. The Federalist PapersThe Federalist Papers explain the complexities of a constitutional government—its political structure and principles based on the inherent rights of man. Delve into the mind of one of America’s Founding Fathers (who was also a Black man born in the Caribbean).
  4. Common SenseCommon Sense is a persuasive argument for the American colonies’ political and economic separation from Britain. It is credited by George Washington as having changed the minds of many of the colonists so they would support the American Revolution.
  5. Notes on the State of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson uses this work to define both the ideal of Freedom and the concept of America.
  6. Democracy in America. Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville visits an early America and relays his perspective on how the United States adopted the revolution & adapted the form of government from France.

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