By: Daniel Otero
I wanted to write this article sometime ago. This one is based on a conversation from a bunch of foreigners trash/rubbish taking about America.
Usually it’s better to sit quietly and let people do an outpour of their frustrations when it’s true. I’m a Yank, and I can take it. But I can also can ‘dish it out’ and when I do, most often than not—I can be extremely direct, opinionated and radical. For those particular reasons I decide in the majority of cases to remain silent.
However, I do know the realities of the world. Plus, I do know my history and I sure hope those from English, French and Asian speaking countries know theirs.
This reflects my feelings on people who always criticize the United States for its faults and can never find the good in our people. This one’s for you…
The United States of America was a country founded on the principles of freedom in 1776, more than 239 years ago. Sadly, this principle of freedom only applied to Caucasian males over 18 and with property. For the most part, the U.S. treated its Native American, African-American and female populations like crap. During that time, the War of Independence (1776 – 1783) we were assisted by France as our greatest ally. We defeated the British as a nation of individualist whom did not want ‘taxation without representation’ and we didn’t want our principle leader to be a King or Queen giving orders from across the Atlantic. After all, we are not Canadians, Bahamians, Aussies or New Zealanders.
France was and has been our principle ally for most of U.S.’s history and we even have a gift from them to symbolize our friendship, the Statue of Liberty.
What angers the most is how [contemporarily] they treat Americans when visiting Paris and their downright despicable behavior. For the French we fought and died with in WWI and WWII. When their country was about to collapse during the De Gaulle era or Fifth Republic, guess who was backing the French so the country wouldn’t fall into a total anarchy and how quickly most young and middle-aged French have forgotten these simple facts in history. Or I guess they would prefer to coquette more with the autocratic Russians. Such hypocrisy, a society that can’t even treat properly their Muslim communities; and the way Arabs are still treated, like second-class citizens; especially those who fought in WWII and in the old-colonial wars.
This same attitude has been fostering lately with the British. A country, as I recall in World War II came to us for help, when Hitler literally had ‘a knife to their throat!’ Mister Churchill with all his pompous-arrogance about Empire suddenly remembered that he had an American-grandmother and came to his American-cousins for assistance in the War effort.
The problem did extend to Australia, as it was about to fall. It was the joint effort between U.S. Marines, Australians and British that kept the Japanese at bay. No, we [Americans] didn’t win the war all by ourselves, but it was thanks to us that Aussies didn’t lose more people along the Australian shores, and thank goodness they weren’t conquered by the Japanese Imperial Army for the remainder of the War, and how quickly it’s all forgotten!
Lately, when I watch a movie or series on T.V., it’s amazing to see how America offers or tries to offer an equal opportunity to all. With all our paranoia and bulls#%t, we are still the country that brings in the immigrants, even after George Bush’s idiotic and racist Patriotic Act, ethnicities come over for the American Dream.
If you can’t believe me, then look at a movie like “Selma”; in which two of the main actors are British or T.V. series like Chicago Fire, Hannibal or Defiance.
Our television is full of examples of people given a fair shot at stardom; whether they’re Australians, British, people from New Zealand or the rest of the world. They are not hired because of their race or background. It’s based on their talents. Actors like Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Karl Urban.
And still, we have to listen to the racist rants of an Australian-American actor like Mel Gibson and slowly, because we are forgiving and a country of second, third and even fourth chances allow him to come back slowly but surely.
Opportunities we don’t even give our local celebrities sometimes.
If it wasn’t for Hollywood, most Australian actors would be working for Channel 4 back in Sydney or British would be back in Pinewood Studios, U.K.; struggling out of work actors trying to get bit parts.
And when British overly state that Americans can’t talk English, like the racist television host, Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear and you have people with Scottish and Cockney accents whom are barely understandable. I have to say, my God, look at your own.
Yes, some Americans can’t talk, I have to admit and please look at British stars: Adele, Victoria or David Beckham. Their English ability is from a possibly poor or working class background.
Stop pointing the finger or being so goddamn envious… Yes, some Americans are a#%holes, I’ll include myself in the category. And we still [in the majority] are a friendly people who believe in being fair to outsiders. After all, the majority of us do come from immigrant backgrounds.
Now, I’ll move onto Koreans; especially, this ‘tongue lashing’ is for the South Koreans.
A people whom entirely forgot who helped them after their Civil and Korean War; the country was rebuilt with the help of the U.S. Yes, America greatly benefited from this and also, Americans did assist in a country that its citizens were going through one of the worst manmade famines in Korean history after the war in 1953.
U.S. brought in the technology, food and protection for the South Koreans and it’s sad how today, Koreans from the ‘X’ to ‘Y’ generations have virtually forgotten about this important part of history. Presently, I watch some of the Korean soap operas, and they really try to deny how much influence and help America gave their country. Today, everything from ‘K-pop’ to S. Koreans quality of life is thanks to that great generation (Americans and Koreans equally) who did so much to place this amazing country back on its feet!
Oh well, I guess ingratitude is a malady which exist with our global times.
Then, last but not least, yes, it is the Chinese. This relationship has expanded for at least 160 years between the U.S. and China. In the beginning, yes, we literally enslaved thousands of Chinese to build our railroad networks and gave with mistreatment and racism a little corner of the American dream in horror. It’s a very sad part of our history.
But thousands of Americans, British and Australians also served and died in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Few times I have seen documentaries in China honoring this fact!
For today, Chinatowns are sprawling across the U.S., with a possible population and fourth largest in America (documented and undocumented) of almost 13 million. When I hear Chinese calling the U.S. unsafe and on the other hand, Chinese not knowing their own country, it’s truly insulting! First of all, 91 percent of the U.S. is safe and the biggest issues of gun control are in the major cities. The latter is only in the 9 percent proportion, which can make America unsafe.
And last I heard, the millions of Chinese who live in my country enjoy the benefits of top education, social security benefits, green card, freedom of expression and they are not even forced to learn English.
Don’t be hypocrites, look at yourselves before pointing the fingers at others, I might add!
By the way, U.S. has the top 10 Best Universities in the world. These are facts you can all gladly check in books and on the Internet.
Yes, the U.S. is a war starter across the world. We bully others into submission. CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) has been formerly responsible from some of the major assassinations of world leaders and coups around the planet.
And the U.S. for all its mistakes will always spend a lifetime atoning for these and accepting those who we have inflicted pain and great harm to—into our country.
There have been moments of our history of racism and ignorance towards minorities (Japanese-American interment camps, etc.) and we strongly hold to the convictions that men/women can better themselves. And from this point, America can always give a new opportunity and beginning to all those unwanted or unaccepted in their countries.
No, we are not perfect and do mistakes, and like the old song from the B-52s Mesopotamia says, “Before I speak, I should read a book!”