Youve heard it all the time, usually on propangda driven programs or by the well to do people that live in America. If you ask them they will tell you.... "America is a great country to live in... We love this country.... This is the best country in the world... blah blah blah" The moment I realized that this ideology was getting out of hand, was when I heard this from a 40 year old crackhead. Now I am starting to see this kind of talk in a whole new way. Is it possible that all this talk is just alot of brainwash rhetoric that we have been trained to think? Is America really so wonderful as everyone thinks? Wonderful to who? What is it about America that the average person claims to love so much? The American social order is not based anything except superficial qualities and class. In most cases, people's success has nothing to do with their mind or their talents, it is about your class, or what neighborhood you were born into, or how much money your parents make. Think about the oppressed minority in this country. There are those who may have been born with some of the best talents and gifts that this country has to offer, yet because of the conditions they were born to, their chances of success are significantly less than say the D average child of a politician. Like the child born into poverty. If you can follow me for a second, just imagine that you are an A student living in a high crime community where crack cocaine is as common as Starbucks coffee, and police brutality occurs so much that its not even a shock to its citizens anymore. You have been rountinely desensitive to violence, and because of the high rate of unemployment, your father reluctantly begins to sell crack, and shortly after he is caught, and is locked up on a drug offense. Your mother is in and out of rehab. These are arguably problems that may have never have been so likely if COINTELPRO had never allowed drugs to enter into the US. Now, this situation may be a little exaggerated, but I believe that you grasp the idea that I am getting across to you. I am not saying that it is not impossible for a poverty stricken child to get out of poverty, it is just the plain fact that it is considerably more odds are more against minorities. Granted there is a certain amount of personal responsilibilty that goes into account, but ultimately the FACT is that America's government routinely practices tyranny over its minorities. In a country that works so hard to make sure the monorities never blossom, is it really fair for everybody to say that this is a beautiful country? Beautiful to WHO? Has it been beautiful to you? WHy do you think so? I can see somebody saying this is a beautiful country if you are enjoying the American dream. If I was the descendant of a plantation owner that grew up in a 100,000 home all my life and never knew the meaning of struggle, in a neighborhood where the crime rate is remarkably low, and my biggest worry was which car am I gonna drive to the mall, then I could see how one might say this is a great country. But to those that routinely battle the everyday vices of oppresion, who have had to fight this "wonderful government" for the freedoms that are God Given, how could you say this is a wonderful country? It may be wonderful for the rich, but just because somebody else made it big does not make America a great coutnry. Just because Bill Gates is rich, does not mean that America will do the same for everyone else. Malcolm X said it best in one of his speeches when he said, If you are sitting at a dinner table with a group of people, and everybody is eating except you, then you can not be called a "diner". You may be sitting at the table, but you are not "dining" because you havent eaten yet, you could never be considered a "diner" like the rest of the people that are eating. You cannot call yourself an American unless you have experienced the American Dream. You cannot say this is a beautiful country unless the country has been beautiful to you. Do not get me wrong, I believe that America has the POTENTIAL to be a great country. I believe that the concept of America is a great concept in theory, but until it has been fully realized, I strongly believe that the oppressed minorities and especially blacks need to stop reciting speeches from tourist brochures, stop saying what you dont mean, in claiming this is such a wonderful country if you havent got your piece of American pie. PS... To those who wish to respond to this piece by saying the rountine "If you dont like America, then get out".... Keep your UN-American sentiments to yourself.