I have a friend in an “allied” country that I have sent via email regularly in the last two months. We exchange opinions on various mystic subjects. Also, to a lesser extent, we discuss other subjects such as politics, society, economy and religion. My friend mentioned how people in his country freely express their dislike for the Americans. I personally experienced the attitude of his countrymen towards US citizens when I visited his country as a teenager. I made friends with a local resident of my age. He took me to a bar where five of his friends played cards. My knowledge introduced me to them. The biggest member of the group said: “We think the Americans are arrogant *** holes”. Naturally, I was not in a good position to argue with him, so I headed for the door.
As I said, my email friend reminded me of his country’s unfortunate attitude towards the people of the United States. I understand that most foreigners have never had the opportunity to travel across America (nor most Americans for that matter) and are not aware of how different our society is. I thought about my friend’s comment for a while, and I finally came to this conclusion:
According to the United States Census of 2010, American whites represent 72% of the US population. Hispanic and Latin American Americans weigh 15%. Black Americans are the largest racial minority and make up 13% of the population of this country. The rest of the US population comes from all the countries of the world. This number represents millions of US citizens. For example, the Chinese have a respectable presence in this country. We have a number of “Cities of China” in our larger cities like Boston and New York.
In 2012, 76% of Americans identified themselves as Christians. About 25% of these Christians are Catholics. At least 51% comes from more than 30 different names. For the rest of the population, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism collectively represent 4% of adults in this country. Please understand that this is not a small number. Finally, 15% of the adult population has no religious affiliations. Another 5% have no interest in discussing religion. If we consider that the total population in this country is higher than 306.861.871, these last two digits represent millions of Americans.
There are a large number of “accepted” or “tolerated” religions such as Shintoism and Taoism. It is also true that there exists a considerable number of different religious and quasi-religious groups operating in the United States. These “unconventional” religious and philosophical organizations include Scientologists, Christian scientists and the Unification Church. There are many others. I can only assume that there must be several million people who choose to join these groups.
Furthermore, we know that there is an incredible disparity in the distribution of wealth in this country. The first 1% of Americans earn $ 717,000, compared to the rest of the population that has an average annual income of $ 51,000. This means that 1% is worth about $ 8,400,000, or 70 times that of the lower class. Some figures indicate that 1% controls 43% of the wealth in this country, with the next 4% declaring a healthy 29%. This information tells us that most Americans are not as obscenely rich as some strangers mistakenly believed.
There are also several political groups vying for government control. There are two primary political parties competing with each other under the command of the United States government. They are the Conservative Republic Party and the Liberal Democratic Party. There are several groups that could be labeled as extremists or extremists in their opinions. I’m not sure who makes these accusations. The two parts mentioned above are too busy fighting each other to worry about these smaller political organizations.
Americans realize that there are vast cultural differences in the United States depending on which part of the country or state a person resides. The citizens of Texas have different values than the people of New York. This is also the case with residents of Massachusetts and Alabama. Cultural differences are also clearly visible within each state.
There are also a small number of dangerous groups whose goal is to instigate a war of ethnic cleansing. They are known under various names, including Aryans, white supremacists and leather heads. These organizations have been collectively designated as “hate groups”. They should not be taken as representatives of most Americans. Their unjustified label “hate group” says it all.
There are also subversive groups that oppose the government and would like to replace it with any political ideology to guide them. For this reason, militias and paramilitary training have been outlawed in most states. Some surveillance groups cite hate groups disguised as militias as the main culprits of this ban.
These two previous paragraphs are meant to reveal the fact that not all Americans agree with the conditions in this country. I want to make it known, as well as in other countries; America also has people who consider it necessary to make their opinions known in a destructive way.
So who is wondering, that our foreign friends hate, Is it Chinese, Or maybe the Hispanics, I can say that they are not aware of this hate, nor would they think about it for a second. I think foreigners detest the white celebrities they see on television. There is a considerable amount of confusion here. Our entertainers, sometimes reckless, offer our foreign viewers a negative image of American society. Those with celebrity status should not be compared to the “average” American character. It is a mistake to interpret the antics of certain public figures with the convictions and values of the “common” man and woman who live in this country. Note that I have placed quotation marks around the mean and common word when I refer to the Americans.
To end my discussion, I want to insert my two cents on the Zimmerman case. I will not talk about the trial or the verdict. I will only say that this incident was a tragedy for all the people involved, especially for the Martin family.
This case took a serious racist turn. I am not denying that racism exists in this country. It exists at all levels and for any unjustifiable reason. But let’s take a moment to look at racism through the eyes of a person who could mistakenly be identified as a racist because of his pale color.
For several years I worked in a social service for a public defense unit in the suburbs of a large city. I have come into contact with many minority citizens in the course of fulfilling my professional responsibilities. For those who try to distort my words, I’m not saying that all the people I met were minorities.
Recently I found myself lost in an unknown part of the city that seemed to be predominantly occupied by African Americans. I actually found myself sitting in front of a NAACP building. Despite my positive work experience with different cultures, I began to wonder about my well-being. What if I, a middle-aged white male, asked someone in this neighborhood to ask for directions, This may have been an unwarranted thought, but I was worried about taking that action. This story is not making veiled or suggestive comments on the NAACP or on a particular person in this neighborhood.
After the Zimmerman trial, I observed (on television) the rioting caused by protesters in Los Angeles and many other large cities across the country. Some demonstrators attacked commuters randomly, destroyed shop windows, fires and thrown bricks against police officers. It is said that all this destruction is in protest against injustice and racial inequality. This kind behavior could cause fear in the same class of people who label as racist. This is my personal opinion about this situation.
On the other hand, I had a pleasant conversation with an African American woman just the day the Zimmerman verdict was issued. The Zimmerman trial has never been presented. Instead, we had a casual conversation about our pets. This positive experience reinforces my belief that the activities of a group of angry protestors do not reflect the attitude of an entire race. In fact, I do not even like referring to a class of people. It would be better if the human race could find a way to stop dividing between racial, economic, political and religious lines. The “us against them” mentality is the catalyst for the animosity that we project towards every rival class in this country.
I am not asking anyone to tolerate oppression. I am suggesting that we are all aware of who we hate and think about why we hate them. It does not hurt to be introspective. The hatred of the flames can not be extinguished by applying further hatred to it. Hatred negatively affects all nations and races. It is inevitable that each of us becomes a victim of blind hatred at least once in our life.