Originally posted by shetline
The self-imagined salt-of-the-earth Authentic Americans™ voting for Bush don't give a damn if he calls "indian" a religion. Hell, as far as they know, it is a religion. Who gives a shit anyway what them damned unchristian-like folk with their weird-ass ways do, and what we call it?
I believe it.
I have a hard enough time dealing with people that confuse Thailand with Taiwan. My girlfriend is from Thailand and I'll be moving there but I'll be damned if people don't ask me about Taiwan this or Taiwan that. I'll cut them slack since they sound somewhat similar but it happens too often to be mere slips of the tongue. Bangkok is confused with Bombay a lot too. It's sad really...Hell, my own MOTHER seriously thought I was going to Bagdad, not Bangkok! (She's from the 1940's Boston school system). There's a real mental laziness when it comes to geography.
Well intentioned (non-racist) people simply lump all of Asia together as one big "them" or "over there". People barely get things right at a continental level let alone down to individual countries.
And that's simple, basic geography, let alone the myriad subtle variations in religions...
Ugh I hate how the US population squanders it's educational potential. Its all here but it gets shunned. No wonder all the jobs are going overseas and most of the students in college are foreign.