Living in France for the past few years I have actually learned a lot about my own country, the United States. Moving away has allowed me to take a step back, to get out of the bubble that we live in, and to realize that the world does NOT REVOLVE AROUND US!
The thing I love about the U.S. is also something that could make it a dangerous place… American people are PROUD. We are proud of our country, oh wow are we proud of our children, and of course we are proud of ourselves. We have strong beliefs and we are not afraid to stand up for these beliefs. We are ready to fight for what we believe in. Literally.
It’s easy to be proud. But when you step back you realize there is also a lot of ignorance, and maybe that’s why we are so proud.
Growing up I always believed the news. The news is fact right? That’s what makes it the news. But the news channels are just a tv show like any other… They have advertisements, ratings, funding, objectives, their own agendas…
In America, if the news tells us there is a problem…like how, apparently, there is a WHOLE POPULATION of people who hate us and want to kill us… Americans are ready to fight!!! But before you grab your pitchfork or your machine gun, stop and think for a minute. Where are the facts? Where is the proof? What is the real meaning behind this message, what is the real agenda?
Americans are reactive. We don’t waste time. We are doers. But… we should probably think before we act…
This video is from a comedy tv show making fun of Fox News, an infamous tv channel in the U.S. Some of the things they say are quite shocking and make me feel ashamed of my country, and glad that I’m not living there at the moment.
On Fox News they say that the Boston bombing suspect shouldn’t have Miranda rights (the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, etc.), that he should be tortured. That his wife, whether she knew about the situation or not, should go to jail, especially for wearing a hijab. They say that we should put listening devices into Mosques. That we should ban Muslim students from entering the country. (pretty much that we should take away all rights….except of course the 2nd amendment…)
I’m actually disgusted by this. Look at the school shootings recently, the shooting in the movie theater… There were way more deaths, and these attacks were made by, guess who, WHITE AMERICAN CITIZENS.
This makes me think of my dad when I was young “stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.” Are you TRYING to give people something to hate us for??? Because you are succeeding.