Their America is devoted to significant expressions (speeches, essays, political cartoons, fiction, news stories, etc.) about America by non-Americans. Our major objective is to create a global, synoptic site for Their America, an unpolemical, informative, and provocative resource not just for ‘American Studies’ scholars around the world, but for anyone interested in studying and debating the international reputation of the United States. We seek to explore a country no less strange and uncharted than America itself once was: their America, the nation and peoples of the United States as they exist in the hearts and minds of others.
(We’re looking, in particular, for suggestions about the most influential expressions about America by non-Americans — tell us what should be in our archives, and why, in the regional “Founders” sections of our forums.)
NEW TO THE ARCHIVES
A California congressman introduced a bill this week that would ban existing and future federal trademarks for any sports team that uses the term “Redskins,” the latest attempt on Capitol Hill to pressure Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder into changing the team’s name.
Rep. Michael Honda, a Democrat whose district includes Silicon Valley and will be the location of next year’s Super Bowl, made it clear that though the bill is sweeping, it clearly targets one sports team. “It is unbelievable to me that, in the 21st century, a prominent NFL franchise is calling itself by a racial slur,” Honda said. “Team names should not be offensive to anyone. Allowing trademark protection of this word is akin to the government approving its use. Removing that trademark will send a clear message that this name is not acceptable.” […]
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