If [Martin Luther] King’s actions against war prove anything, it’s that there’s a huge difference between patriotism and nationalism. Patriotism is the critical affirmation of one’s country in light of its best values, including the attempt to correct it when it’s in error. Nationalism is the uncritical support of one’s nation regardless of its moral or political bearing.
(…) The confusion between the two has blurred the difference between love and worship of country, a distinction King never failed to make.
- Michael Eric Dyson, professor of theology and African American studies at Georgetown University