Thank you for somebody finally saying this

The problem is in the phrase itself. “Great” and “Novel” are fine enough. But “the” is needlessly exclusionary, and “American” is unfortunately parochial. The whole, capitalized, seems to speak to a deep and abiding insecurity, perhaps a colonial legacy.

Moshin Hamid, in the New York Times

(I have my own opinions about what it bespeaks)

 

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