Still Saliata seems to share the right wing assumption that patriotism is invariably tied to military dominance/imperialism even while disagrees with the notion and so rejects the very idea of patriotism out of hand. I can't get behind that myself.
"We can spend energy formulating a more inclusive and thoughtful patriotism, but ultimately it wouldn’t be energy well spent. Patriotism can only benefit all citizens if the state and its institutions are inclusive of the entire populace. Until that happens, and it has never happened in any epoch of American history, patriotism will have a stronger relationship with ethnonationalism than with movements for equality"
Not so fast friend. No nation has ever achieved the ideal of being inclusive of its whole population. Not to be flip or tu quoque about it, and I honestly hope I have no such unconscious motives, but every society has always condemned certain people to be gypsies tramps and thieves out of some irrational prejudice or another. One could argue that the United States has been especially bad in this matter vis-vis other wealthy countries or not. No tu quoque like I said. But in spite of limits and inequities of the nation-state the fact remains that people are still going to seek out ways to express love of home and a mass identity beyond the self. Patriotism will exist, there's no helping that, and I'm not sure why Salaita assumes out of hand that patriotism is essentially chauvinistic; that the far-right "ethnonationalists" are precisely the true enforcers of real patriotism they fancy themselves to be. They aren't. We are all agreed on fuck those guys, and patriotism has no eternal essence beyond what we make of it. It is only ever whatever we choose to make of it, and I have a hard time seeing how we can maintain the energy towards an all-inclusive ideal nation without the emotional power of an all-inclusive compatriotism, And yes a proud American identity can most certainly exist without being either overtly or implicitly linked to the conquering power of White Men. It already does and always has. Motherfuck John Wayne and all that but I still share a flag with Bessie Smith.