Link to Artcile shows students claiming that "the Pledge of Allegiance has a history steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism."
This is just un-American and there’s no argument. That might not be your intent, but that’s exactly what you do when you say that the pledge is racist, anti Semitic, etc. If you hate the pledge, you hate the country that gave you the freedom to demean it and its values, and you know you can just leave. Not everything is going to go your way in life and you need to respect that, now change is essential in some cases, but not this one. Everyone is equal and has the same rights as it is stated in the constitution. Now again, if you don’t want to respect this country, you should just leave if the pledge makes you that upset.
I mostly disagree. There are no words in the pledge promoting “white nationalism” or “nativism”. While it is true that white nationalists and nativists often associate the pledge with their movements, it is also true that many new immigrants take the pledge to become citizens. It is just as meaningful to them. The pledge says “liberty and justice for all”, not just for “some”.
I do agree than the words “under god” shouldn’t be in the pledge because those words tends to conflate the concepts of religion and patriotism, but those words were not in the original pledge.
It wasnt compulsory in schools until the 1930s and didnt exist at all for the first century of the country. Im not a huge fan of loyalty oaths anyway, talk is cheap.
Reciting an oath doesnt make you a patriot, your actions to help the country, state, county etc, make you a patriot.