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 young black man in Ferguson, Missouri is shot at least six times, twice in the head, by a police officer. The town is promptly enveloped in a swirling toxic haze of tear gas, anguish, and rage. Confusing press conferences instil no sense of confidence in the leadership, and then comes the widespread, heavy-handed suppression of democratic rights through the imposition of a dusk-to-dawn curfew. The strong impression created is that those in charge are lurching through this crisis without the ghost of a plan.
That is no way to run the aftermath of such a foreboding tragedy. And it provides the opportunity for a stark, yet highly complimentary, comparison with how things work in Canada in similar circumstances. [...]
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