yeah, i definitely believe that american history contains a lot of reaaaally shameful things.
but so does the history of japan and the history of great britain (and… basically every other nation in the world) and tumblr seems to celebrate the shit out of those countries so
The thing is we’ve learned from our mistakes and moved on, Americans are STILL notoriously fucking evil.
how to sound uneducated in ONE easy step!
Alright Filipino American citizen stepping in here to say
America has done a lot of shitty things
And yeah for the most part America’s still pretty shitty
But there are some people that are really good
And some good things that America has done
Like I hate some of the western toxicity that’s polluting the minds of young Filipino girls today (like a bunch are thinking they’re too fat/brown and that shit needs to stop) but America has actually been relatively helpful to the Philippines
The Japanese government was total shit to the Philippines in WWII, and America, for all its faults, actually helped the Philippines out of it (the soldiers were even nice, like my grandpa got chocolate from every soldier he saw when he was a kid and it was like fuck yeah)
And the Spanish government was also incredibly shitty to the Philippines, and while I question some of America’s smaller motives in keeping the Philippines for a while, that American presence really did help at the time (and everyone fucking loved General Douglas MacArthur like man what a dude) and Taft was also really nice to the Filipinos as far as I can tell
And when Haiyan happened just a little while back, America was one of the first to step in and help.
Maybe these are isolated moments where America was actually pretty okay but I just don’t feel right when people call America “notoriously fucking evil” because slapping your own little label on a country/people and then skipping the fuck out doesn’t give a chance for them to improve and grow.
A lot of the Americans I know are trying to get better and be better. I think most of them just need to learn how to listen better to those that are different from them. And, honestly, it’s not just America that needs that lesson.
And please don’t tell me they haven’t tried; maybe you haven’t tried listening to the ones that are really trying to be good. I think most people want to try to be good.
We’re just all toddlers falling on our fucking faces when it comes to being good people. We try, sometimes we succeed, but we fail when we let our anger and pride get in the way.
I’m still angry at a lot of the things that America has done. But I’m also grateful for some of the things they’ve done, and while I don’t love America, it’d be unfair not to acknowledge the things they’ve done for this little country that the rest of the world doesn’t seem to care about but is very, very important to me.
I guess I just don’t think it’s smart to totally hate a country or celebrate it without understanding its faults. It’s better to see the good and bad both in the past and the present and really try to learn without slapping any labels on anything.
On a black-white scale, I’d honestly say America’s a very dark gray; amongst the shit, there’s a little bit of light and hope and good. That light is an opportunity we all have to learn from our mistakes and from the mistakes of others so that, maybe, the light can grow.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’d rather hold out for that little light that exists in every area of the world.