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Why We Love Stephen Colbert: Straight Marriage Bans and Pretending Everybody's White

From Google Glass for the common folk to banning straight marriage, this is why we love Stephen Colbert.

You know those segments where Stephen Colbert nails the cultural zeitgeist so expertly that you have tears of laughter streaming down your cheeks? The above clip of The Colbert Report could be Exhibit A of why we love him.

Colbert kicks things off with the version of Google Glass that those of us who aren't BFF's with Sergey Brin are familiar with, and then segways to an epic interview with Donna Edwards, the Congresswoman for Maryland's 4th District, where Brin grew up. You see, it turns out that Maryland's 4th District is the first majority-black suburban district in America, making it, says Colbert, "the first suburb ever to be pulled over by the cops." When Edwards points out to Colbert that the district is very diverse, he replies, "I don't see race. I've evolved beyond that. I just pretend everybody's white."

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How to Save Multiculturalism

"Multiculturalism" isn't a bad word. Embracing the differences diverse people bring to the table can create endless educational opportunities.


U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron just reignited the debate on "multiculturalism," joining ranks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Sarkozy by declaring their multicultural policies a "failure." As a U.S. passport carrying, multilingual, daughter of immigrants, and as a mother of aspiring global citizens, such a defeat felt like a kick in the gut. In my travels speaking to diverse audiences on gaining a global perspective and the tools contained in my book, Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World, I’ve seen quite the opposite: individuals of varied backgrounds coming together to raise beautiful families, make friends across cultural and ideological lines, and take tangible steps toward building a better world for their children.

Upon closer review, David Cameron’s justification for the failure of multiculturalism seemed reasonable: "Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream." Speaking specifically of radical Muslim youth, Cameron argued this resulted in marginalization, rootlessness, and "behaving in ways that run completely counter to our values."

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