I usually don’t put my angry hat on. I’m more the sad or happy hat person, and when I am angry I usually vent internally or say a blurb about it on my Facebook or to my friends and move on. But I am really, really angry.
I think for every country there is a stereotype about what people are like. For example, a bunch of people would always ask J if he rode a kangaroo to work or ate shrimp on the barbie because he is Australian. Before J lived in America he thought we all owned guns and freely carried them at all times. Last weekend J told me he read in the paper about how some Americans were posting on social media sites that the Japan earthquake/tsunami was “payback” for Pearl Harbor. I vented to him that I was angry that a reporter would latch on to one or two people that were obviously so stupid and ignorant and give the rest of us “level-headed” Americans a bad rap. After that, I was fine.
Yep. Pretty much fits the stereotype to a T, don’t you think?
Yesterday an American friend posted a link of a compilation of Facebook posts that were so, so ugly it physically made me sick. You can click on the link to read them yourself, but some gems include:
“It’s been almost a full day of tsunami coverage. Time to move on. At first I really did kinda feel bad for Japan, but then I Googled “Pearl Harbor death toll”. There. All better.”
“Funny how when we have an earthquake we are fine, but the Japanizes (sic) have an earthquake they have a tag alone (sic) with Mister tsunami! Karma is all I gotta say, I don’t care if Pearl Harbor was 70 years ago! Suckers”
“Does anyone else feel like Japan had it coming??? They did bomb the shit out of us at Pearl Harbor. I mean they really did have that coming they say what comes around goes around. But I still be praying for them cause its better to forgive and forget than never to forgive at all…”
And the ones that piss me off the most-the ones that actually throw God into the mix:
“Apparently God hasn’t forgot about Pearl Harbor either…”
“Hell yeah that’s right Japan 3-1 you may have had Pearl Harbor but we got Hiroshima, Nagasaki and, since God is on our side, we have this”
Give me a moment.
First of all, who raised these people to spew so much hate? Who raised these ignorant sons of bitches (and bitches) to feel happiness in other people’s tragedies? Who taught these people? I’m assuming they didn’t read the entire chapter on World War II in their history books because yeah, they bombed Pearl Harbor-war is hell-but we got them back. With a vengeance. We literally DECIMATED their cities. They killed 2,400 of our citizens on that day, and we dropped two bombs on them and killed over 200,000. We became xenophobic (look it up) in our society and rounded up over 10,000 Japanese people just for being Japanese and transferred them to internment camps (the same kind of camps the Nazis used on Jews during WWII [EDIT: I mean the camps themselves, not that we treated them the same way-thanks Chief for clarifying my words!]). Even after all the carnage and war, that became water under the bridge because we made peace and Japan is one of our strongest allies.
And about God. I don’t know the…guy?…but I do know FOR A FACT (okay, not really, but pretty damn sure) that God does NOT have a freaking nationality. Really? God is American, idiots? Really? It makes me angry to think that someone actually thinks that “God is on our side” and doesn’t care about anyone or anywhere else in the world. What about 9-11? Hurricane Katrina? The Oklahoma City bombings? Whose side was he on that day? I’m not here to argue religion by any means, but it chaps my ass more than you can imagine when people are brought up to think that America is the “holy nation” and every other country are heathens.
Lastly, I strongly support free speech. I may not like what you have to say but I do believe in your right to say it. Sigh. That’s not really why I’m the angriest. I’m the angriest because of people’s ignorance. I’m angriest at people’s hate. I’m angriest at people’s lack of compassion. I’m angry at people’s sectarianism. How mad do we get when we see another country burning an American flag and cheering? Or when we hear from foreigners that Americans are “stupid” and “lazy”. I know I get perturbed, only because of the lack of respect and knowledge…some Americans get outraged and complain that we shouldn’t associate with certain countries-THEN we (not you and I–I mean we as the stupid handful of Americans) go and say things like this. We should rise above and help out our fellow man, no matter if they are yellow, brown, black, or green.
So to all my fellow readers today, I apologize for the angry hat. I’m sorry if you disagree or happen to be one of the people I just called an idiot because you truly believe this is “payback” (Jeebs, I hope not-you are all smart, wise people. And did I tell you how nice your hair looks today?). I just couldn’t keep it in. It was just too much.
My American heart goes out to Japan.
And so does Julius’ <3