PATRIOTISM VS AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

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When minorities show their patriotism to others, the reactions are positive and others encourage them. On the other hand, when Whites show their patriotism, they are blamed to being racists. Nowadays whites are reversely discriminated by their race. They were regarded as having all the privilege which seemed to be unfair. In that, laws that support to prevent race discrimination were made throughout American history such as an affirmative action which is controversy. However, even though it was made for the purpose of leveling the play field for minorities, it unfairly punished whites and caused whites to sue for race discrimination. For example, in 2008, a white student named Abigail Fisher was denied admission to UT. She sued saying she was a victim of reverse discrimination. She claimed that “There were people in my class with lower grades who were not in all the activities I was in, who were being accepted into UT, and the only other difference between us was the color of our skin.”
I brought this issue because one of my friends who is white complained that she cannot say that she likes her race or proud of being part of it. Even though the race itself has to be taken as a crucial part of forming one’s identity, Whites seem easy to be misunderstood as committing to American Exceptionalism when they appreciate who they are.
What is the boundary between patriotism and American Exceptionalism?

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A POSITIVE TURNING POINT OR RACISM?

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The Disney film “The princess and the frog” can be regarded as a reflection of the melting pot of America that marked a positive turning point in the Disney films. In Disney films, we often can see the ideology about the White privilege. Whites are always in the power position. For example,all of Disney’s princesses have mostly been white since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. “The princess and the frog” is the first Disney film which shows the African-American princess. From starting with this movie when children imagine an image of the fairy tale princess, they might come up with the not only White princess but also African-American princess in their mind.

However it has drawn a lot of criticism. The most controversy issue was that the prince was not black, while Princess Tiana and many in the cartoon cast are black. The prince skin color was portrayed much lighter than black. Some argued that this gives an implicit meaning of that a black man is worthy of the title of prince. However, it is definitely a black and white way of thinking that showing non-white prince means showing African-American prince. As the reality in America, there are various skin colors. Rather taking it in a negative view, I think it was a good start in Disney films by giving characters much diversity in races than the previous films.

Isn’t it overly sensitive response to see racism inside this movie? Or does this movie still show racism?