The Second American Revolution

The American Sun

By Corey Wolf. Corey can be found on Twitter @DrCoreyWolf

The year was 1900. A group of about 50 young African-American students are assembled outside the Whittier Primary School in Hampton, Virginia. One student stands in front of the group, at the military position of attention. Between his hands is a flag standard, three times his height, bearing the colors of the United States of America. The group of students each have their right hand raised in a flag salute. Why did these grandchildren of slaves pledge an act of allegiance to the American flag? And what could make the descendants of these children protest the same flag during the national anthem today? The answer has to do with stories.

People think in stories. As psychology professor Jonathan Haidt said, “the human mind is a story processor, not a logic processor.” Utilitarianism does not bind our nation together; believing…

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