Americans have a very ethnocentric view of themselves. We often act and believe that we aren’t part of a global community. We tout “America First” and diminish the accomplishments and needs of other communities around the world and certainly since Donald Trump has taken office it has gotten much worse. As Mary C. Curtis points out,
America has never been very good at acknowledging ideas and people beyond its borders, particularly from what is still referred to, with heaps of condescension, as the Third World — where too often the conventional narrative sketchily outlines mysterious places of disease, dysfunction and terrorist threats.
Her recent meeting with leaders from around the world tells a fascinating story, one that highlights the accomplishments of international communities as well as the continued importance of America’s standing and reputation to the people from around the globe.