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Trump Says Dance, Boy, or Else!: The NFL Protests

Recently added to my ever growing list of reasons to despise the current president is the impossible position he put black NFL players in. He called players taking a knee during the national anthem-and please excuse my langue while I quote the president -“sons of bitches,” and then tweeted out

What’s It’s Been Like to Travel Under 3 US Presidents and Donald Trump

In the period of fifteen minutes this summer, while walking around the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, I witnessed two things which perfectly showed just how much who is president can impact how it feels to travel as an American. The first was a tour guide who pointed to a nearby

Should the Ivies Cap the Number of Asians?: An Argument Against “Meritocracy”

I know what many of you are thinking, "Oh look, a black guy against relying only on grades and tests scores to decide college admissions. What a surprise." And yes, I am against test scores and GPA's being the sole determining factor for deciding who does and does not get

14 Ways Travel Has Changed Over the Last 20 Years

The other day I walked groin first into a poll while touring around Prague's Old Town. Sadly, this was not the result of me staring up at all the beautiful architecture in what I consider to be the most beautiful man-made city in the world. It happened because my eyes

The Cult of Marriage: Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Marry Young

Recently I read an article by Julia Shaw bemoaning the ever decreasing percentage of people getting married young.  Shaw bucked this trend and got married at 23. In her article, she wondered out loud what the rest of us are waiting for. The crux of her argument, that more people

17 Reasons for Optimism in the Age of Trump

It cannot be understated how much Trump's election has deepened and widened an already enormous divide in our country. Many people have legitimate concerns about this man that are based on things he has said and has already done as president. This is unlike Obama's detractors and their wild conspiracy

Stop Asking Me To Be Sympathetic Towards Trump Voters, Anthony Bourdain!

The level of contention in American has reached such a level that even Anthony Bourdain has managed to piss me off, and that's saying something since I went out of my way to give him a shout out in my travel memoir. Following the election, I've basically had to stop

Why Thanksgiving is the Best Holiday Ever

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin when trying to explain how great Thanksgiving is. I guess I can start by saying that a mere side effect of this holiday is one of the very best things about it: it acts as a barrier to Christmas, that overblown, corporate-driven,

Protest Votes Got 4,500 US Soldiers Killed

The last time a large number of Americans cast a ballot for a 3rd party candidate - with no chance of winning - during a critical election, 4,500 US soldiers and nearly 100,000 Iraqis got killed. I know this might sound hyperbolic, but hear me out. Way back at the turn

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