Nearly half of young Americans think the country is more “racist” than other nations, while one in five millennials view the U.S. flag as a “sign of intolerance and hatred.”
FLAG, a civics education nonprofit, highlighted the startling state of anti-Americanism in younger generations through a recent survey of 1,078 Americans in coordination with the polling firm YouGov. The “State of American Patriotism Report,” released Tuesday, “starkly reveals that younger Americans (under 38 – Gen Z and Millennials) are becoming unmoored from the institutions, knowledge, and spirit traditionally associated with American patriotism.”
Some would argue they’ve becoming unmoored from reality.
Half of those surveyed believe the United States is sexist (50%) and racist (49%);
American exceptionalism is on the decline. 46% of younger Americans do not agree that “America is the greatest country in the world”;
One in eight (14%) of Millennials agree that “America was never a great country and it never will be”;
46% of younger Americans agree that “America is more racist than other countries”;
84% of Americans do not know the specific rights enumerated in the First Amendment;
19% of Millennials believe that the American flag is “a sign of intolerance and hatred”;
44% of younger Americans believe Barack Obama had a “bigger impact” on America than George Washington
The folks at FLAG were floored, and they placed the blame exactly where it belongs.
“We suspected that we would find decreasing numbers of Americans well-versed in our nation’s most important principles and young people less patriotic than the generations that came before, but we were totally unprepared for what our national survey reveals: an epidemic of anti-Americanism,” FLAG founder Nick Adams said.
“That half of millennials and Gen Z believe that the country in which they live is both ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ shows that we have a major faction of an entire generation that has been indoctrinated by teachers starting in grade school that America is what’s wrong with the world.”
EAGnews documents the developments in schools every day.
Just last week, Missouri substitute teacher Jim Furkin was banned from Parkway South High School – the so-called home of the “Patriots” – for thanking students who stood during the Pledge of Allegiance.
One of two students who refused to stand complained to school officials that Furkin’s comments made him feel singled out, and officials alleged Furkin’s positive comments towards students who participated in the pledge constituted bullying.