Recently in the news, there have been some stories concerning patriotism. Well, actually, a lack of patriotism would be a better description. The audacity shown by the people in these stories is quite incredible.
Lack of Patriotism
Before we get to the stories that portray a lack of patriotism, we need to share the definition of patriotism. Patriotism is defined as a cultural attachment to one’s homeland or devotion to one’s country, although interpretations of the term vary with context, geography and political ideology. It is a set of concepts closely related to those of nationalism. The following stories show the complete opposite.
Helena Andrews Patriotism
The incident during the White House Correspondent Dinner took social media by storm. It was broadcast live on many cable news networks. During the live broadcast, a woman was shown playing with her phone during the national anthem.
The woman was identified as Helena Andrews, a Washington Post columnist. She decided to respond to all the criticism by tweeting on Twitter.
Apparently someone saw me on TV "texting" during the dinner. FTR I was taking notes. On my phone. Because it's 2015. #WHCD
— Helena Andrews (@helena_andrews) April 26, 2015
Her snobby excuse on Twitter resulted in a huge backlash. People decided to trash talk her and her lack of patriotism. Here are some of the best responses.
Disrespectful & incredibly stupid to play on cell during anthem in front of president #WHCD
— Sheri Minkoff (@SheriMinkoff) April 26, 2015
— DC_People_Be_Wild (@ShitIHearInDC) April 26, 2015
Umm, no you got busted texting & are now lying! Have some respect!! ❤️??? https://t.co/7UWRoL1X3i
— SemperFi ❤️❤️ (@Phibear94) April 26, 2015
— Kristine ❀♡❀♡ (@KristineAz) April 26, 2015
Perhaps Helena Andrews is telling the truth. Maybe she wasn’t texting. Maybe she was really taking notes. Possibly she doesn’t know the words to the national anthem and was just jotting them down in her phone. I highly doubt that though.
Eric Sheppard Challenge
The Eric Sheppard challenge is a video challenge. It’s similar, but not really, to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s designed to show support for Eric Sheppard. He’s a 22 year old college student who is a member of the New Black Panther Party. He’s currently being sought after by police. In the typical challenge video, the person says their name, says “Fuck your flag”, and stomps on an American flag.
Eric Sheppard first made national headlines when a female veteran tried to stop him from burning an American flag on campus. The video of their exchange and altercation with police went viral. Police later recovered Eric Sheppard’s backpack. It contained a gun and two clips. This is what sparked the police search for him.
Eric Sheppard is reportedly a member of the New Black Panther Party and calls himself a “terrorist toward liars and those who are weak,” as well as a “terrorist toward white people.”
This bullshit social media challenge is a waste of time and energy. Instead of people focusing their energy to make changes for the better, they are attempting to gain their 15 seconds of fame. This movement will die out quickly. It is nothing more than a complete lack of patriotism. If you don’t like it where you live, then move.
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