The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #20255   Message #210083
Posted By: JedMarum
11-Apr-00 - 12:36 PM
Thread Name: Do Americans know?
Subject: RE: Do Americans know?
I have travelled a bit around the world, including places where US relations are not good. I have worked in Central and South America, Canada, England, China - and in all of these places I found just the opposite of Grey Wolf's original claim to be true. I have found that people are intensely interested in America, and Americans. I have heard the comments like the ones Grey Wolf makes, and I have done my homework regarding the national issues within the World community, and I found in my travels that I was always treated with respect, affection in many cases, and great curiousity about my personal American experience. People were happy to talk about their opinions of America, its politics and its influence - I have never experienced the hate Grey Wolf claims broadly exists.

Ignorance, prejudice and bigotry are human traits, not just qualities exibited by one race, one 'class' or one economic group. There are certainly individuals among the nations of the world who harbor hate for Americans, including some within our borders, but bigotry rarely afflicts whole nations. I am very greatful for the good will I experienced in my travels. I am greatful for the freindships I developed around the world.