By John Long
A reader contacted me recently who works with foreign students from across the globe. She was concerned that these immigrants, who were obviously excited by the economic opportunities in the U.S., thought very little of their new home otherwise. It seems that many had been fed a steady diet of only what was wrong with our country; a rehearsed litany of the crimes and injustices which are undeniable, but only part of our story.
Did I, she asked, have any columns she could give them that would present a more favorable view of America? Not to whitewash our deficiencies, but to show some of the overlooked positives alongside the negatives? I found a couple of old pieces that I thought she could use, but none really fit the bill. Truthfully, I’d never written anything specifically on why this is the greatest nation on Earth.
Long, a Roanoke Times columnist, is director of the Salem Museum.