White Pride and Prejudiced Literature

In the 2018-2019 school year I was enrolled in Brit-Lit or British Literature, a notoriously boring and difficult English course. We read Beowulf, and Macbeth, and we ended the year with an unnecessarily in depth reading of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. You can image my exhaustion after a year of attempting to decipher old English and British culture, being assigned yet another "classic" that I couldn't understand. I've always wondered why we read the books we read, what makes the story of Elizabeth and Darcy so classic, as it's far from relatable and offers no value in the year 2020. I had the same issue with To Kill A Mockingbird. By the time I even understood it enough to get what th

Pseudo Independence

I don’t think I have to explain this one. The Fourth of July was never a big deal in my house. I don’t know if that was intentional on my parents’ part, or if we just aren't the “cookout” kind of family, but I’ve always found the whole celebration weird. From the American flag onesies to bikinis adorned with stripes and stars, you can’t escape “patriotism” on July 4, it’s everywhere, and it’s weird. In no other country are people as obsessed with their flag as Americans, it’s everywhere we look, and why? Objectively, Americans have a great deal of pride in their country. You don't have to look very far to find someone who truly believes that this is the greatest country in the world. There i