Widely acceptable bigotry

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    I've always found it rather interesting in my encounters with non-Americans how many of them are able to make derogatory generalizations about Americans without realizing or acknowledging that they are being predjudicial bigots. I'm talking about educated, intelligent people who would never make similar statements about Blacks, Jews, Russians, Chinese or any other subgroup of humanity as they are aware that to do so is at least bigotry, if not completely racist. So why do they have a blind spot where Americans are concerned? I have a theory. Two words: Inferiority complex.

    You should see how enraged they get when I point this out. The backpeddling and tap dancing they do is a thing of beauty to behold.

    Just sayin.
     
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    Racist? I didn't realize "American" was a race.

    I wonder if we have an inferiority complex about the French.
     
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    Personally I've never experienced that, actually most admire America. GWB has hurt our reputation I would agree but the beauty of our system is he will be gone soon.
     
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    I'm truly sorry to learn of your reading comprehension difficulty. I said bigotry. Read it again and you'll see the term racist refers to something else.
     
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    Really?

    That surprises me. I've encountered many that repeatedly assert that Americans are all this, Americans are all that, and they're usually not very flattering.
     
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    Fine.

    I've never met anyone with this attitude either. Yet I've met many Americans that look down on the French, Canadians, etc...does that mean they have an inferiority complex?
     
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    Could be.

    But of course I don't believe you've encountered very many non-Americans in your life if you've never met anyone with this attitude.
     
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    Lucky you.:rolleyes:
     
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    On second thought, maybe it's your own attitude that makes them feel free to make derogatory generalizations about Americans, hmmm?

    I live by the golden rule so maybe it isn't just luck.
     
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    It's just national stereotyping, don't let it get to you, all nations stereotype each other, sometimes it's negative, sometimes it's positive but while there may a germ of truth in each stereotype they're so simplistic as to be laughable.
     
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