“Would they be happy to know that you’re reading the New York Times?” the visitor responded.
“Ah read it,” the man said. “But ah don’t believe it.”
The conversation over some outstanding Southern food continued civilly, but with an undercurrent of guardedness. And that was in the good old days, before the rifts in America grew even wider and yet another election divided the map into swaths of red and blue and alternate universes of truth. Before protesters occupied cities and armed insurrectionists in militia gear breached the US Capitol.
Now, when travel resumes, politics is “absolutely” likely to affect where people want to go and where they’ll feel welcome, said Jan Jones, coordinator for hospitality and tourism management at the University of New Haven business school — and how Americans of any political stripe will be received abroad.
“In the past we could…