Coleman, Marcus Jerome
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This project addresses an underdeveloped ideological concept among African Americans, patriotism. Using the context of the United States during the presidency of its first non-Anglo-Saxon chief of staff, Barack H. Obama, I pose the question, “How do African-American individuals communicatively conceptualize patriotism?” To answer this query, I offer a critical-qualitative analysis of how patriotism is colloquially articulated among African Americans. Methodologically, focus group interviews were conducted, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using critical discourse analysis. The emergent themes apparent from participant generated data were the following: (1) Critical Moments: Stories Ground Us, (2) American Exceptionalism, and (3) Metaphors of black patriotism: Unrequited love. An in-depth discussion of the theoretical, limitations and practical implications are offered.