This whole damn country from start to present was and is built on immigrants. Yes, genocidal religious zealots set the ball rolling (that is a whole ‘nother essay right there, like a doctoral thesis, so I’m not going to explicate—there are people better qualified), but then people like your and my great-grandparents built it into this cushy, comfortable, easy place to live in.
Think of the last time you were wanting: the last time you went hungry, the last time you were without shelter, hell, the last time you had a craving for ice cream you couldn’t satisfy. If you come up with “never,” guess what, you are privileged. Now (and this one’s more fun), think of the last time you were a minority immigrant. Yeah, if you’re not one of those, you’re as privileged as it gets.
True, there’s a lot of white trash in the U.S. of A., and unfortunately, they’re privileged too. Mostly, the kind of people we’re talking about, who might say “’Murica” in earnest, live somewhere out in the middle of the continent in that area no one serious visits, just flies over on their way to the other coast. We know—they exist. Bunch of chubby Christian Republicans driving SUVs back and forth between Wal-Mart and their McMansions. They comprise much of the middle of America’s population. But why are they the chosen representatives of this Republic? Seriously, the shot-callers, cultural trailblazers, and innovators are for the most part coastal people. New York City. Los Angeles. San Francisco. Portland. Boston. Seattle. Washington, D.C. Okay, Chicago is sort of in the middleish—but it’s on a gigantic lake! So much of our population lives in these urban areas, and yet so many of the people who say “’Murica” as if America is a bad thing are city folk.
I get the joke. I do. I’m not a fan of those extreme ignorant right-wingers either. But they are not the entirety of this country. Making them the representatives of this great nation is like giving media attention to Kim Kardashian or Miley-Justin Cyrus-Bieber. Why do it?! Negative attention is attention, remember.
So many people have come here, and still do immigrate here, and dream of immigrating here, because they don’t have those privileges you do, and dream of a better life. When you say, “’Murica y’all,” you negate their dreams. It’s disrespectful. You are flippant about what other people dream of and don’t have. You take for granted the position of privilege you are in.
“If you don’t like it, leave.” Childish as it is, I’m, like, serious. Lots of you who “’Murica” it up every year could definitely afford a one-way ticket to Europe (or at least a bus to Canada). Everything is better over there, after all, right? I’m sure they’d love to have you! (See again: privilege.) What’s stopping you? Honestly, guys, put your suitcase where your mouth is if Europe is so great. You’re just like people who say “I want a tattoo!” just to prove how cool they are for wanting one, but don’t actually do it.
I’m anticipating some counter-arguments here. Like, “saying ‘Murica is a commentary on the state of politics and the cultural and intelligent degradation of this country, blah blah fuckin’ blah” yeah well South Park does it better than you, so leave it to the professionals, eh?
So anyway, in conclusion, stop it. It doesn’t make you more hip to hate on the U.S.A. The joke is old and tired. Happy 4th, y’all.