EDITOR’S NEWSLETTER: I’m Not Proud to be an American Anymore

By Elizabeth Scalzo


Growing up in a small town in central Pennsylvania, patriotism was a part of who you are. Surrounded by blue-collar workers, in a town built because of coal mining, you were always proud to say you were an American. 

I thought about how I wanted to address the insurrection and the current state of Washington D.C., but I was so angry and in such disbelief it was hard to find the words. 

I saw people from my town posting on social media saying, “What a great day for America,” after the insurrection. I thought to myself, how can they be so blind, so uneducated that the events weren’t devastating to them.

I think of everything that happened in 2020 and I look around and what I see is my generation is done with putting up with the injustices in our country. 

My generation is fighting for systemic racism to stop and is demanding change — change that should have happened decades ago. 

We are a generation who coined the phrase “settle for Biden,” because we knew it would be our best chance at moving our country forward. 

The insurrection and continuing to see the condition our nation’s capital is in is not only disheartening for those who live there, but it is sickening that we even got to this point. 

I don’t know what is going to happen in the next few days, but I know when this situation calms down, my generation isn’t going to forget. 

We have the power to change this country — just look at the election. We turned red states blue and showed up where it truly mattered. 

I am calling my fellow Gen Z members to remember these events and to demand a country where things move forward and maybe we will be able to feel even the slightest amount of patriotism again.

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My sense of patriotism is gone, but my hope is not. Art by Elizabeth Scalzo.