When I was traveling through India in the months immediately following September 11th, 2001 the news from the United States was war, war, war. First in Afghanistan, then the War on Terror, and eventually Iraq. When a Sikh gas station attendant was murdered because some ignorant redneck with a gun thought his turban made him a terrorist, it made headlines in India, the country that is home to Sikhs. I told everyone I was Canadian.
Now, the USA has something to be proud of. I am grateful to be proud to tell people I am an American the next time I travel abroad.