Independent Journal Review’s website ijr.com reports that Cory Booker addressed a group of progressives at the Communications Workers of America’s “We The People” Summit in Washington D.C. on Wednesday June 13, 2018. During this address, Booker questioned the patriotism of those Americans who weren’t disturbed by the current political climate, and elaborated on his concept of patriotism.
“We have a common pain in this country, but we seem to have lost our sense of common purpose. Folk are trying to divide us and cut us up, pit us against each other. Poor white folks against poor black folks, poor brown folks against poor black folks.” Booker said.
“We need to understand this is one nation, indivisible, with one destiny… If this country hasn’t broken your heart, you don’t love her enough. If you are not deeply disturbed by what is coming, you’ve got to check your own love. Some people call it patriotism, that’s a fine word, but understand patriotism is love of country and you cannot love your country unless you love your fellow countrymen and -women.”
Other speakers included senators (and potential 2020 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination) Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren.
Booker’s remarks and a question-and-answer session can be seen in full below:
Additional reporting by The Hill.