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Old March 4th, 2011, 01:28 PM   #1
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How do the British Feel About Anglo-Phobia in the Present Day


I ask this question because I was having an interesting discussion a few days ago. Two of my coworkers and I were discussing the history of Irish coalminers in our area of the US when the discussion came to the disdain some of the Anglo-Saxon Americans held the Irish-Americans in.

The friend who started the discussion is descended from those same coalminers. Though her family has lived more than a 100 yrs in America, she tells me how her father taught her she had to "act Irish" in her life and told her stories of Irish suffering. She started telling me about how she "hates" the British for the "genocide" they committed during the Irish potato famine.

My other friend, who grew up in Britain but is of Greek descent, started telling me about how her family hated the English when she was growing up because of what they did in their home island of Cyprus.

They turned to me and asked me if I hated the British because of my Indian ancestry and I told them I could not hate an entire people for past events.

But what stood out to me was the fact that all these years later, three Americans whose ancestry is scattered across the world are united by the fact that all three had ancestors who were victims of British imperialism.
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Old March 4th, 2011, 01:29 PM   #2
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My question is how do the British users here feel about the fact that people are so bitter about what happened many years ago. Do you feel that these feelings are justified? Can you understand them? Or do you disagree with them entirely?
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Old March 4th, 2011, 03:55 PM   #3
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those people need to get over it imo.
sounds like your friend,an american whose ancestors 100 years ago were pissed off with the brits, has a massive chip on his/her shoulder.

get over it. move on.
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Oh well, you can't please everyone all of the time
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I'm still waiting for an apology from the Italian government for shipping my ancestors off to work in saltmines circa 55BC.

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Old March 5th, 2011, 06:35 AM   #6

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Sometimes when I'm abroad (usually Germany or France) and I meet people who are anti-British. I just tell them that I'm Scottish. Seems to work a treat, for some reason.
Having said that, if they start treating me like their long lost brother, I just tell them that I like the English and that usually gets rid of them.
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The amount of hatred aimed at the British by apparently random people is the same as that aimed at other colonial powers, and comes from ruling a quarter of the world. Quite why other European powers (especially Germans) don't like us is unclear to many. And the Irish should be glad that no-one knows about the early High Kings - bang goes their moral high ground.
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My other friend, who grew up in Britain but is of Greek descent, started telling me about how her family hated the English when she was growing up because of what they did in their home island of Cyprus.

Hold up a minute, I know we get blamed for just about everything that's wrong with the world, that's the price you pay for ruling most of it at one time or another, but what disd we do in Cyprus that was so bad?
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Absolutely no one that may try to conquer the world should expect universal sympathy & approval, either from the victims (sorry, I meant lucky chosen ones) or the jealous competitors, especially if some success is achieved; you cannot make an omelette without breaking some eggs .
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Hold up a minute, I know we get blamed for just about everything that's wrong with the world, that's the price you pay for ruling most of it at one time or another, but what disd we do in Cyprus that was so bad?

I think that you tortured some Cypriot blokes..... But that was a long time ago. Plus you ruled Cyprus for ages...
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