Race relations in this part of the country are still problematic; but the regional situation now is simply a more obvious and intense case of the American racial problem. Perhaps the time has come for the South and America to talk as a nation about our common situation.
The problem with the US is not that we're too big to govern or that government is too big. Our problem is vision: we're stuck in the age of dinosaurs and we don't get it. Americans need to shake it up: emphasize growth rather than profits. Americans need to think different.
As someone who's received many "breakup" letters, emails and even texts, I do consider myself somewhat of an expert. It wasn't until my historical studies at Rutgers that I realized that America was founded on the ultimate breakup letter in history: the Declaration of Independence.
If we just leave this question to the media, we deserve what we get. All of us must be concerned about our media diet and its powerful link to our cultural health, and we should be crying out to Hollywood to right the picture.
How people celebrate their birthdays tells us much about them. This is true not only of individuals, but even more so of countries. So, as we celebrate the 236th anniversary of our founding, it's an appropriate time to reflect.
On this glorious nation's birthday, then as now, we are growing, expanding and reaching for unexplored ways to navigate new complexities. We are more diverse than ever and more in need of visionary thinkers to help us explore.
In honor of the 100th-episode milestone, the man who has traveled around the world and documented his gastronomic adventures eating bat paste, durian, and other bizarre foods, presents, in his own words, his observation on the top nine most bizarre American foods and where to get them:
Over the last year, the late night hosts have celebrated everything both wonderful and terrible about America (or Amercia if you're Mitt Romney). This 4th of July, let's all take a look back at the most patriotic late night clips of the year.
I am a passionate, progressive, pro-choice, artistic, forward-thinking, optimistic yet sometimes sarcastic, spirit-seeking, showtune-singing, equality-supporting, Mary-Chapin-Carpenter-loving gay dad. And I am an American.
As John Adams wrote about July 4, "It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." He should've added a word about a stay in one of these inns.