Why does it seem like americans are hated through out the world?

United States
January 27, 2007 4:13pm CST
I've traveled to many countries and well to be honest there are two kinds of people out there are those who automatically don't like me because i'm an american, and those who don't care; who just want to be friends. me i'm not political although i can be but really i don't care as long as im alive and happy. i've met some of the greatest people in the world though out my travel and it a shame some decide to judge me automatically and the thing is im nicaraguan-american. 80% of people don't know where nicaragua is. please don't hold back anything i want to know what people think regardless if its offensive. if im clueless inform me, its near impossible to offend me trust me.
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• Canada
27 Jan 07
I dont mean to offend you, but what america is doing in the world maybe the reason for its unpopularity. Every since america became a global super power, it has been trying to solve all of the worlds problem in ways that are only agreed on by the US themselves, so nobody else has a say on what happens. Some examples of how America tries to be the 'hero' is vietnam, cuba, and iraq. Until the US lets countries solve their own problems, they will not generally be liked. You are not disliked because of who you are, but because you come from the nation that tries to gain control over the world.
@maryannemax (12172)
• Sweden
27 Jan 07
i am from the philippines and i don't hate america and i don't hate americans either. why hate them when they have extended too much help in our country? some filipinos hate them because they intrude in our country's business. but when they come over to visit us bringing help for the country, everything seemed to change? i mean, yep, people hate them saying that they have problems of their own to be solved, etc. but why when receiving something good from them, everything turned out upside down?
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• United States
27 Jan 07
thank you so much for your opinion i really appreciate it and as i said before feel free to say what ever you want it wont offend . now i more then any other realize what you have said. mainly because i do those mission the the goverment wants the military to do. now it isnt my choice. in fact most of us don't get or understand why we do the things we do. I know we have a sort annyoing babysitter attitude towards world when the world don't need to be babied, i think that why A LOT!!!!! OF american think everyone else is inferior...which is BS. trust me i fully understand where your coming im a nicaraguan refugee, i was born in nicaragua, during a revolution that was influence by the united states its only until they left and started leaving nicaragua alone to handle things on its own that it got better. but the u.s still managed to help in many ways. i think we just do it to directly. no one likes to be told what to do especially from an outsider who really doesnt get it. than you so much for response
• Canada
27 Jan 07
I understand what you mean, America does try to help poorer countries sustain themselves but send military forces not explaining to the soldiers what they are being used for. Some of the times however, the US tends to oversee the fact that people need help, and try to implement their own democracy into the country that does not want it. Sure it would be nice for every country to be as free to breath as people in america have it, but is it really americas business? Also, I think the invasion of iraq was pretty stupid, and the main reason bush planned the mission was for the oil deposits that are in the middle east more than anything. Sure, he had to make some kind of BS excuse as how he beleived they had weapons of mass destruction.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
I'm American too and I have noticed a growing anti-American sentiment in the past 5 years or so especially. Right now it's about Iraq and many people online have been more specific in naming the real source of their animosity as Bush
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• Canada
27 Jan 07
That is true, bush is the main cause of why people hate on america these days because really, he is the one who makes the decisions. However, Americas reputation has been the same since the country was founded, and people have disliked some of the ways america acts since a very long time ago, when the US was invading south american countries and cuba. Also, americans are very cocky about themselves, and do not feel the need to recognize other cultures as every person is mixed into the 'mixing pot'.
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@venshida (4837)
• United States
28 Jan 07
From reading your post, it seems you have a lot of issue with Americans. Americans are the most generous people on this earth, always willing to lend a helping hand. If the U.S. invaded Iraq for oil, why am I still paying $2.00 a gallon. It use to be less before this Iraq war.
• United States
28 Jan 07
Im an american and i have been outside of the country unlike more than half of american who just think and live within that box of america. the thing not all american are generous...some of them im disgusted by how they behave and treat people from other countries. we critize and downgrade people because they are not american. i've seen it to many times to count. but yes we as american have done great thing for other countries but we let that get to our head way to often. bush is the main source of this anti-american sentiment. i see it, i ask questions , i ask why? bush has always been everyone reply. we as american have a bad reputation for reason. you have got to realize that because if you don't, we will get nowhere. and things we don't always get our way. americans are not used to the war coming home the last big war fought on american soil was the american revolution. the last thing the america need is the whole world hating the u.s. because of our arrogance and ignorance.....etc...etc
• Philippines
28 Jan 07
its because of what your country does to other countries.. its not mainly you who they hate but its the things your government to to them. honestly, im not an american i from an asian country. but i so wanted to be in your country to meeet people & get to know you more. i believe americans are not bad naturally.. its their surrounding that makes us thing about that to americans!
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• United States
28 Jan 07
i agree with you completely, you also got to admit people just love to point the finger and critize also. i have been all over asia. and well its obvious im american and im also in the u.s. military. i get dirty looks where ever i go. i've had things thrown at me. i've been cursed out in so many languages. i can't really be mad though i understand. i want to learn about everything possible from people all over the world but that not always easy. americans are not all arrogant and ignorant. the and the government seem to never see eye to eye on things are
@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
28 Jan 07
I can sum it up in one sentance, there are clueless people everywhere. That means there are clueless Americans who create a bad impression when they visit other countries. That also means there are clueless people in other countries who assume that all Americans must be the same when they encounter one who is behaving badly. I wouldn't take it personally. If there are people who like you and welcome you to their country then you are doing ok.
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@Sir_bobby88 (8245)
• Singapore
28 Jan 07
I think there is a bunch who hates americans but surely not me ... i always look at america like the big boss in the world yea ...
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• Philippines
28 Jan 07
Ive felt this vibe of hatred for americans while reading dan brown books too. I dont know if dan brown is an america or british but the books imply americans take every credit even if its not theirs. Maybe that's because of it.
• China
28 Jan 07
I think most americans are just like us, friendly and kind hearted.But the the government of America is mean. they sent their troops to Iraq, and everyone knows what they want and want to do.They still are trying to cheat the world that their troops there, i mean being sent to Iraq, is good for the peace of the world. what a BS it is. The only excuse for American troops being sent and staying there is Iraqees have massive destructive weapons. So many years passed.what did they find? Nothing. As a country which always examplify itself as a hero to the world, why can it say SORRY to Iraqee people, say Sorry to the world.do it like a real gentleman. You killed some innocent Iraqee people and got some innocent American young soilders killed. you are the real criminal. American government should make some honest explanation about what they had done to the world. honestly. the whole world is waiting.
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@denden (803)
• Philippines
28 Jan 07
i think some people may think that americans are invaders and very arrogant. thats why people treat americans like that. because there are some situations that shows that americans are arrogant. but not all americans are arrogant most only of the emaricans are arrogant.
• Philippines
28 Jan 07
If you read angels and demons and da vinci code of dan brown, there's also some hatred and comparison between english and american people. Im an asian but I felt the competition even from english people.
@firoafame (359)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
28 Jan 07
i think people hate bush. and they express their anger to all Americans.
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@yorb24 (2181)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Yeah it is really sad when someone will judge you on where you are FROM rather than who you are as a person. I think they've been brainwashed by what they read in the papers and hear on the news. I would never hate an entire country. That's completely ignorant.
• United States
28 Jan 07
It's really sad that the many get grouped into a category because of the few. Many people disagree with the way things have been handled by the politicians. But, people all over the world hate ALL Americans because of something they too disagree with. If only the majority took each and every HUMAN on a one on one basis, and recognized them as a person, not as an American, or a Canadian, or a Muslim, etc. It's just gotten on a bgger scale these days than it was with the race riots decades ago. Then it was black/white. I don't care what color someone's skin is, or what their religious beliefs are. (The beliefs are personal, and not something to fight about.) If you are a good person, I like you. If you are mean, I will probably just avoid you! But, I guess "Can't we all just get along" has been said before, and obviously we can't. :(
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@maryannemax (12172)
• Sweden
27 Jan 07
i am from the philippines and i know some filipinos have something against the US. but honestly, i don't. and if they hate america, why hate americans? not all people in any part of this world are the same. it's just another form of judging someone without even knowing the person. funny, but some filipinos hate america. but when they get job offers to work in the US, they accept the job and go to the US without even thinking twice. i mean, this proves that some people are just for getting benefits and not seeing the better side of it all.
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@mardig (13)
• Spain
28 Jan 07
i think the world has a love and hate relationship with america. the love part goes to what american values stand for: freedom and equality. but the hate part goes to the arrogance that these values are exclusively only for the american people and in the pursuit of preserving these values for the american people, american will do anything whatever is necessary (going to war, invading a country etc.) to maintain it.
28 Jan 07
I don't want to be offensive, but America is disliked for good reason. The government has actioned the murder of thousands of innocent people over the last few years, in the name of 'The War on Terrorism'. It tends to get people's backs up when their country is bombed for no real reason. Understandable, really.
@shebay (2)
28 Jan 07
Well,most people beleive that the americans are greedy and self centered. As for me,they are just indifferent.
@webduck (238)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Most Americans are perceived as arrogant, selfish and ignoratnt when they visit other countries. Anyone 'new' is regarded with suspicion, no matter what country you are in. I am an American, and I think it has a lot to do with our military stance in the world right now. In order to keep our "most powerful nation" status, we have elected nitwits and morons who we thought would lead us. We are not respected, and so it is easy to hate us. You cannot do more than be a good person who cares for others and show that as you travel. People will judge you for who YOU are, and not for just for what country you call home. By the way, I do know where Nicaragua is located. This was a good question devilmech. One that should be discussed often.
• India
28 Jan 07
because they consider themselves superior
• Malaysia
28 Jan 07
i think its bcoz your president killed saddam hussein... that's why.
@kyle930 (764)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I believe that the reason americans are so disliked throughout the world is because we keep getting ourselves involved in things that we shouldnt. American doesnt need to invade countries because we think their system of government is wrong and we dont need to tell the rest of the world what it should be doing.It isnt our job to be in control of the world we should just take care of our own country.