Millennial poll: America ‘racist,’ not ‘great,’
Obama better than Washington
Younger Americans are turning on the country and forgetting its ideals, with nearly half believing that it isn’t “great” and many eyeing the U.S. flag as “a sign of intolerance and hatred,” according to a new and disturbing survey. Those who came of age under former President Barack Obama also have a larger-than-life view of the 44th president and feel that he had a “bigger impact” on the United States than the father of the country and leader of the Revolutionary War, former President George Washington.
Just one example: Four in 10 say it is OK to burn the flag. “Younger Americans (under 38 – Gen Z and Millennials) are becoming unmoored from the institutions, knowledge, and spirit traditionally associated with American patriotism,” the survey analysis said.
A Few Disturbing Highlights:
- Half of those surveyed believe the United States is sexist (50 percent) and racist (49 percent).
- American exceptionalism is on the decline — 46 percent of younger Americans do not agree that “America is the greatest country in the world.”
- 38 percent of younger Americans do not agree that “America has a history that we should be proud of.”
- One in eight (14 percent) of millennials agree that “America was never a great country and it never will be.”
- 46 percent of younger Americans agree that “America is more racist than other countries.”
- 84 percent of Americans do not know the specific rights enumerated in the First Amendment.
- 19 percent of millennials believe that the American flag is “a sign of intolerance and hatred.”
- 44 percent of younger Americans believe Obama had a “bigger impact” on America than Washington, the nation’s first president.
On the release of the report, Nick Adams, founder of FLAG, said, “We suspected that we would find decreasing numbers of Americans well-versed in our nation’s most important principles and young people less patriotic than the generations that came before, but we were totally unprepared for what our national survey reveals: an epidemic of anti-Americanism."
He added, "That half of millennials and Gen Z believe that the country in which they live is both ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ shows that we have a major fraction of an entire generation that has been indoctrinated by teachers starting in grade school that America is what’s wrong with the world."