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Why People Hate America

This blog is no proponent of hating America.  But I thought it would be interesting to see what other people think about us.  Whether Black, White, or whatever ethnicity, you need to understand the rationale people have for what they do and their perspective on you.  The times we live in are perilous and demand our vigilance.  Within we have issues but without we should be united.  If Barack Obama is elected President will he only represent one part of America or will he represent all of us?  People looking from outside our borders will not distinguish black vs white.  His foreign policy will have no color.  Many of us do not identify with current foreign policy, but will we identify with Barack’s foreign policy.  Will he be our President?  An article discussing the book makes the following statement:

The authors of Why Do People Hate America? know that the one of the hardest things for people to do is examine oneself and admit one’s own problems. The same holds true for the U.S., as a nation, creating much frustration within the country and infuriation, antipathy, hostility and even hatred beyond the bounds of America. If America refuses to reflect upon its history, its uses and abuses of power and wealth at home and abroad, the consequences of its lifestyle and abundance, the relations between quality of life and values, the relation between ideals and practical application of those ideals to all of its people, then what chance has the rest of the world of engaging America in reasoned discussion? ”

Yes America has to examine itself.  Does self reflection require undoing of its core or a change in direction.  The wrongs of America should not inspire hatred but rather a desire to improve as you move forward.  The article forwards the supposition that one of the reasons America is hated is because of its wealth.  The thing I find interesting is that the same people that hate us for wealth will cut off an arm to get hear for the opporunity to gain wealth.  So why the twisted logic and intellectual dishonesty?

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July 25, 2008 - Posted by | Black Experience

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