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Venezuelan refugee urges Americans to be proud of the US: America is not a ‘bad, racist’ nation

When Daniel Di Martino immigrated to the U.S. from Venezuela in 2016, he didn’t solely seek refuge from a socialist regime and extreme poverty, he came with a mission to help Americans appreciate the freedoms often taken for granted. 

This summer a Gallup poll revealed that a mere 39% of U.S. adults described themselves as “extremely proud” to be an American, a near record-low number. According to Gallup, 50% of U.S. adults aged 55 and older say they are “extremely proud” to be American, 40% of those aged 35 to 54 and 18% of 18 to 34-year-olds say the same. 

“I think it’s a profound lack of perspective that is leading young Americans to be less proud of their country,” Di Martino told FOX News Digital.

Di Martino recalled a moment that highlighted the contrast in perspectives between immigrants like himself and some young Americans.

He called on educators and parents looking to give their students the perspective of immigrants who came to the U.S. from authoritarian countries to visit DissidentProject.org. 

“We have immigrants from places like North Korea, Iran, Zimbabwe, and more, ready to share their stories at no cost to any U.S. high school,” Di Martino said. 

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Christopher Lopez is a digital production assistant for Fox News Digital. He joined Fox News in 2021.

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