Just a day after the assault on our capitol, we welcomed to our first Soapbox of 2021 professor and author Benjamin Railton. Benjamin has written extensively about the identity of America, Americans, and the concept of patriotism. His Soapbox, titled “The Patriotism We Need,” helped us understand “critical patriotism,” which insists we challenge ideas, policy, and culture that compromise equality in our country so all of our country’s people may be included in its identity. This idea gave context and contrast to the “mythic patriotism” displayed on January 6th, which is rooted in an exclusionary view of America’s identity.
Thank you Ben for challenging us to think critically, to be proud of who we are, and to advocate for the promise of our nation.
GCE Lab School’s Soapbox Series invites thinkers, activists, orators, artists, poets, dreamers, and doers to step up and speak out about issues that matter in our neighborhoods and around the world. Have an idea that matters? We would love to have you step up to the soapbox!