‘The View’ co-host Sunny Hostin slams idea of ‘American exceptionalism’ and the Pledge of Allegiance
‘The View’ co-host Sunny Hostin slams idea of ‘American exceptionalism’ and the Pledge of Allegiance because it ‘doesn’t apply to a lot of our citizens’: ‘This country hasn’t met this dream of being this beacon on a hill’
- Sunny Hostin said learning black history changed her perception of America
- She suggested that some US citizens are unable to thrive as well as others
- Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin agreed the US was flawed but said she still loved it
‘The View‘ co-host Sunny Hostin attacked the idea of ‘American exceptionalism’ and the Pledge of Allegiance because she thought the US has failed marginalized Americans.
Hostin made the comments during ABC’s The View on Thursday as the show’s hosts kicked off their coverage of Black History Month.
She told viewers that her critical attitude towards the US is something she developed with age as she came to understand more about black history.
‘The problem I have is this narrative of American exceptionalism that we’ve been taught as kids,’ she said. ‘I started realizing that the actual pledge of allegiance doesn’t apply to a lot of our citizens.’
However, co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin hit back, saying: ‘Loving your country is not saying your country is perfect.’
‘The View’ co-host Sunny Hostin attacked the idea of ‘American exceptionalism’ and the Pledge of Allegiance because the US has failed marginalized Americans
Alyssa Farah Griffin hit back, saying: ‘Loving your country is not saying your country is perfect’
Hostin, who was born to a Puerto Rican mother and African American father in New York City, explained how as a child she subscribed to the idea that the US was somehow special.
‘I said the Pledge of Allegiance all through my life in school and then when I got into college I took an African American history course,’ she said.
‘It hasn’t met the dream of being exceptional,’ she said regarding the US. ‘This country hasn’t met this dream of being this beacon on the hill.’
She also endorsed the idea that nobody should be obliged to pledge allegiance to the country.
‘The Supreme Court has already ruled you cant force anyone to take the pledge, but until we meet the promise of what this country could truly be, then we shouldn’t be touting us out as exceptionalist,’ she said.
That’s when Farah Griffin interjected, telling Hostin that one could be supportive of their country without supporting it in every way.
‘I love this big, beautiful, flawed nation,’ she said, before explaining that she wants to see improvements in how its run.
‘We strive, and it says in the constitution, to form a more perfect union and I think that’s something we should internalize and constantly strive for progress,’ said Farah Griffin.
Hostin, who was born to a Puerto Rican mother and African American father in New York City, explained how as a child she subscribed to the idea that the US was somehow special
But she also vehemently rejected criticism of the US and insisted that perceptions that European countries are more advanced or progressive are not true.
‘I am well aware of the flaws in this country and I think engaged citizens are the ones that are going to fix that,’ she said. ‘But there’s a little bit of this narrative of, “Europe’s got it all together, we’re a big mess.” I will just point out, France bans the burka even though they have the largest Muslim population in Europe.’
France banned the the wearing of face-coverings and veils in public in 2011. The law disproportionately impacted certain Muslim women and meant that those wearing a full-face veil could be fined €150. Farah Griffin cited this as example of how America has comparatively liberal social values.
‘As an Arab American, I’m sorry, that’s racist,’ she said of the French ban. ‘China, the competing global superpower against the US, currently has Uighur Muslims in concentration camps as we speak.
‘They edit black people out of films in China. Racist right there. Iran is killing women and protesters for not wearing the hijab properly and by the way, some countries in Eastern Europe, criminalized homosexuality until very recently.’