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North Central College political science professor quoted in WalletHub

Jul 25, 2022

Suzanne Chod defined patriotism in a recent study that examined the most patriotic states in America

Americans may feel their patriotism dampened this year in the face of startling statistics such as the fact that there was a 44% increase in hate crimes in major cities last year, as well as a similarly high jump in the homicide rate. Many people may find it hard to celebrate a country in which racist incidents and frequent violence persist. However, an expression of love for fellow citizens is patriotic in itself.

In an effort to determine where Americans have the most red, white and blue pride, WalletHub compared the states across 13 key indicators of patriotism. Dr. Suzanne Chod, professor of political science at North Central College, interviewed with WalletHub and defined what patriotism looks like from a political scientist perspective.

“Justice Ginsburg said she wanted to be remembered as someone who helped "repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has,” said Chod. “A patriot is someone who can see the flaw, inequities, and injustices in one's country and do what they can to address and rectify them. A patriot is someone who is committed enough to one’s country to want to make it better for everyone, especially those who have had the least access to the benefits or privileges a country promises.”

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