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Loving America is Complicated

Even President Obama can’t seem to show his patriotism the “right” way

On his critically adored To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar raps, “Loving u is complicated, loving u is complicated.” The “u” here is self-referential, Lamar drowning in negative self-talk and the anti-black messages that fill our airwaves and our heads. But I can’t help but feel that the “u” being addressed on the track of the same name is also America. For those of us living at the margins, loving America can indeed be complicated. More often than not, it is an exercise in compliance.

President Barack Obama in front of an American flag during the 2011 State of the Union address. Via Wikimedia Commons

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