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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fashionable Anti-Americanism

Current mood: aggravated

A significant portion of the world outside of the United States seems to strongly dislike most Americans (like myself) based solely on the fact that they are American. The reasons seem to range from all Americans being fat, violent and mean to all Americans being fake and stupid.

In my opinion, this is ridiculous.

I live in Europe right now, and I do not disagree that the US is a consumer based country and that most (~75%) of Americans are overweight (myself not included ). But the complete lack of respect I get from many of the locals here is amazing.

Don't get me wrong, I prefer living in Europe as opposed to the US, but I receive an incredible amount of crude comments and gestures on a daily basis. I'm not saying all Europeans are like this, because most of my closest friends are European. I can't understand what would compel a person to hate another based on a trait that is not under the other person's control.

Needless to say, Americans are no better with the rest of the world. Many Americans (once again, myself not included) are very disrespectful towards people from Arab and Middle Eastern countries, stereotyping them as terrorists. This is also completely ridiculous.

The point I think I'm trying to get across is that humans in general need to learn to accept the differences between races and nationalities, because the total lack of understanding of other people only leads to violent conflict.

Does anyone understand/agree with what I'm trying to say? My apologies if my language is not easily understandable.

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