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Schooling Ourselves: The Opening of the American Mind

David Scott Clegg | Posted 07.20.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

America, our education system needs an enema -- not literally, but in the literature, the narrative we tell ourselves. We need to rid ourselves of the waste within that has clogged up any means for open thought, and open minds.

#Iwouldnever: The Truth Telling Project Calls on All Black Americans to Take the Pledge

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Documenting truths related to systemic injustice is an important first step in helping individuals and communities approach the abolishment of complex structures that shield and sustain human rights abuses.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, on Native Grounds

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

I've been to Ireland many times before, but never to Waterford. Fitzgerald brought me here -- and to the Irish sides of his family, both the McQuillans and the Fitzgeralds, I'm grateful.

Golfing, Mystical and My Life Lesson

Sister Jenna | Posted 07.17.2015 | Sports
Sister Jenna

I have recently been enamored with the art of golfing. It all grew out of a friendship, the kind of connection that opens up something new in us.

Ariana Grande Restarts Her Tour By Reminding Everyone She's A Patriot

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 07.17.2015 | Entertainment

Donut-licking pop star Ariana Grande has returned to her international tour after a three week break, and y'all better get ready because she...

Harper Lee's Complex Heroes

Tom Morris | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
Tom Morris

There's almost too much to talk about in the new book Go Set a Watchman. I loved it, then I hated it, and then I loved it again. Finally, I went away deeply impressed by the way it raises fundamental social, political and personal issues of a philosophical nature.

USA, Greatest Doggone Country In The World, Decimates France 82-0 In Game Of AMERICAN Football

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.22.2015 | Sports

Sorry July 4, 1776, but July 15, 2015, just became the most American day of all time. The United States of America beat France in a game of American f...

The Surprising Origins Of 8 Italian-American Dishes

Thrillist | Posted 07.15.2015 | Taste

Sometimes the greatest food creations come from adapting to necessity.

White House Lifts Ban on Photography and Invites Instagrammers to Help Spread the Hashtag

Nastasia Yakoub | Posted 07.13.2015 | Travel
Nastasia Yakoub

What do you do when you see an e-mail with the subject line: 'Invitation to the White House: July 1st'? Well, if you're like most people, you'd probab...

A July 4th Product Placement America

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 07.10.2015 | Weird News
Crazy Legs Conti

Bill Murray as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on the Hudson" solves world peace by encouraging The King of England to eat a hot dog.

American Patriots Shoot Fireworks At Each Other From Their Butts

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 07.10.2015 | Weird News

Somewhere in this great nation, a bald eagle is shedding a freedom tear with pride. On July 4th, patriots Leroy and Sugarbush went above and beyond...

Notes From a Dive Bar XVI

Alan Black | Posted 07.09.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

No customers, a dark Tuesday, I'm lit on cognac making up nursery rhymes that can be sung at an alcoholic's picnic.

Even Norman Rockwell's Depiction of America Evolved With Changing Times

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Rockwell once gave us an idealized America, but he went on to provide illustrations of the difficult aspects of our nation, as well: racial conflict, civil rights, violence, poverty. Rockwell's America was complex and rich in its diversity. Kim Davis' America is an illusion.

America Is Not a Christian Nation

Robert Crawford | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Robert Crawford

We have not abandoned our Christian roots. We are simply slowly abandoning a general sense of religious culture as the norm, and this is a good thing.

The Best Regional Slang Worlds From Around the Country

Thrillist | Posted 07.08.2015 | Travel

We as a nation have embraced all kinds of dumb slang, from "swag" to "hepcat." (Never mind, hepcat is awesome.) But some words never get out of specific pockets of America, where they easily weed out the locals from the transplants.

Yes, Washington: Accepting American Exceptionalism

John K. Herr | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
John K. Herr

Alas! how dreary would be the world if America were not exceptional. It would be as dreary as if there were no Washingtons. There would be no torch of liberty, no shining city on a hill, no Channing Tatum.

Austin: My Time in Texas' Liberal Haven

Adam Williams | Posted 07.07.2015 | Travel
Adam Williams

When my good friend Tommas informed me he was going to propose to his Texan fiance Jordan, the excitement of a venture to Texas immediately flipped my stomach.

Don't Tell the Catholic Church, but Heresy Is Actually a Good Thing

David Benko | Posted 07.07.2015 | Teen
David Benko

My status as heretic derives from the fact that I don't identify myself with any established political philosophies. I will look at a solution to a problem, and if it works, I will support it, and if it doesn't, then I will not.

Confederate Land Art: The Apotheosis of Racist Iconography

Paul Gunther | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Paul Gunther

As South Carolina's Capitol grounds and other jurisdictions decide the fate of their most prominent emblems of past oppression and contemporary reaction, Stone Mountain guarantees that at least one Confederate icon will loom over the South's largest city for as long into the future as mankind can foresee.

8 Tourist Traps You Can Totally Skip

PureWow | Posted 07.07.2015 | Travel

If you've ever waited on a three-hour line only to find the Eiffel Tower just...meh, then you know the value of avoiding tourist traps. Here are eight places we firmly think you can skip -- and what to do with your time instead.

Let Freedom Ring for All

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.02.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

When the founders of our nation landed on the shores of Cape Cod, it was with the pursuit of religious freedom. All the other truths we've fought for since that time, stemmed from this same quest.

Thank a Veteran, Everyday

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
SreyRam Kuy, MD

I feel so fortunate and blessed to live in America, and to have the freedoms that we have here. I have the freedom to go to school and to get an education. I can live without fear; without having to look over my shoulder.

Finding Independence Beyond Business as Usual 

Bill Couzens | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

Please understand that, as consumers and Americans, you have more options and choices than you know. Celebrate your independence by not being led by current marketing and legislative processes that are not in your best interest or the interest of your family's health and well-being.

The 26 Most Badass Photos From The Women's World Cup Final

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.05.2015 | Sports

World-class athletes of the highest order.

Hilarious Eagle Fan Is Every American Today

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.05.2015 | Sports

Instant internet legend.