A new poll has found that pride in the U.S. is on the decline.
Many headlines have focused on the decline in pride among Democrats, but hidden in the data is an alarming statistic that college graduates are far less proud of the U.S. than noncollege graduates.
Could this be due to growing anti-American sentiment on campus?
This year, only 39 percent of college graduates say they are “extremely proud” to be an American. By comparison, 52 percent of noncollege graduates said they are “extremely proud.” In 2013, 53 percent of college graduates were “extremely proud” to be American.
“[Most] subgroups have seen declines in patriotism at some point over the last five years, with those declines greatest among nonwhites, young adults and college graduates,” the Gallup report states.
Perhaps this distinct difference in opinion between college graduates and noncollege graduates comes from the strong disdain for Western values — and therefore American values — which has crept into higher education. American academia has adopted a postmodern disdain for the pursuit of truth and, instead, has put a heavy focus on the values of social justice and globalism.
When students are taught that America’s birth is not worth celebrating because it came at the grave expense of others, that our nation is deeply stained due to slavery, and that we continue to collectively sin on issues of immigration, environmentalism, and police brutality, why would American students be proud to be American?
Academics in pursuit of truth, not propaganda, would teach that despite America’s shortcomings throughout the years, the United States is the greatest country in the history of the world. All countries have had their fair share of problems, but few have addressed those problems and advanced on to offer peace, prosperity, democracy, and freedom like the USA.