Sophia Kim-O’Sullivan discusses how current American culture may alienate people who wish to become American, and push away those who already question if it’s part of their identity
A country is not special simply by existing; it’s special because of the values and culture it chooses to embody. That’s the ground where humility and exceptionalism and coexist. Patriotism is a beautiful thing, but only with the right perspective.
Every four years, just as America is at its most divided, we have a chance to come together again through sport. This election year, there is more to divide us than usual. Thankfully, there is more to unite us as well.
I was at the Axe and Palm when I saw on TV that they were preparing for Obama’s speech about the death of Osama bin Laden. This is a short piece I wrote immediately after in the emotions of the experience.