Campus Reform has released a new video that depicts how college students feel about America.
Campus Reform created a ‘man on the street’ style video. Students at the University of South Florida in Tampa Bay were asked if athletes should protest against the U.S. and if they themselves would cheer for our country during the games, Political Insider reported.
“I don’t like being an American, either,” one student said. “Why is there no free health care? Why are so many people suffering because of housing?… And that is such a great example of how f****** corrupt it is here.”
“I’m not going to be rooting for any team just because it’s some country that I live in,” another said. “Patriotism shouldn’t be that strong.”
“I don’t root for countries. I root for athletes,” another student said.
One student said that American athletes “have a duty to represent their country athletically, but they don’t have any obligation to represent it good or bad.”
Some of the students interviewed by Campus Reform agreed with American hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who turned her back on the flag during the national anthem at the track and field Olympic Trials last month.
Ophelie Jacobson, a Campus Reform journalist who conducted the interviews, told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, July 29, that many of the students she spoke with were uninterested in the Olympics or in rooting for their country.
“It’s sad to see my generation lose all hope and interest in portraying American excellence on the global stage,” Jacobson said.
“Nowhere else in the world are our own citizens taught to hate their own country,” Jacobson explained.
Gallup has surveyed public opinion on national pride for decades, and it has discovered a declining trend in American patriotism over the last two decades, dating back to the early 2000s.
This is especially true among the younger generation in the country.
Talking with Jacobson, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade pointed out that the Tampa-area school is not generally viewed as a “liberal campus.”
“We don’t have a common enemy, so we’re turning our attacks on each other. … Campuses are not a good place if you’re patriotic,” said Kilmeade.
Tuesday primetime programming on NBC averaged just under 14 million people, down 58% from the equivalent night of the 2016 Rio Olympics, which drew 33 million viewers. During the same night in 2012, the London Olympics averaged 39 million viewers.