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Actor David Alan Grier teamed with Funny or Die to shoot a PSA to help people distinguish a riot from a protest.

“TIKI torches and khaki pants: that’s not a riot. Looks like there’s a sale on at the local Tommy Bahama,” the former In Living Color star explained, referring to the Unite the Right neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. “But Black people: we are scary. And when we all get together then we’re probably planning to do something extra-scary: we’re planning to riot.”

"Performative patriotism" is a fancy way of describing what my father — a veteran of World War II who rarely spoke about his service — called "jelly-bellied flag flappers." Dad always laughed at those phonies, but we now suffer a president who is exactly that type, only worse. And Donald Trump's flag-flapping fakery is no joke.

A performative patriot is someone who, like Trump, oversells his supposed love of country, his reverence for the Stars and Stripes and, especially, his indignation at those whom he suspects of lacking his deep fervor. Such a figure will, like Trump, attempt to market these counterfeit emotions for his own benefit. And like Trump, that loud jingo is someone whose character will lead to a betrayal of American values.

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