Defining "Patriot" Gets Political

Steve Woolpert, dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary's College of California, was quoted in an article in the Contra Costa Times about what it means to be a "patriot."

"In general, patriotism is more of a feeling than a belief," said Woolpert. "Most people think of folks who made a sacrifice or made a major contribution to the well-being of our country."

Woolpert added that Martin Luther King Jr. represents someone who disagreed with his country and took action to change it. The civil rights pioneer urged civil disobedience to wipe away racism, an act that led some to view him as an enemy of the state. Today, a national holiday honors him.

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