False Patriotism

Esau McCaulley reflects on Frederick Douglass’s critique of America

Our national tendency to see only the best of America was standing in the way of truly becoming great. [Frederick Douglass] thought enough of this country to tell it the truth. We would be better off if more of us did the same.

— Esau McCaulley, “Frederick Douglass Knew What False Patriotism Was,” New York Times, July 3, 2023.