Unmasking America: 19 Myths Everyone Think Are True

It can be hard to know what’s true and what’s false by relying on ungrounded rumors alone. A recent online survey asked, “Are there any myths about America that you’d like to debunk?” Here’s how people responded.

That we don’t travel

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“We actually do travel, but it’s more affordable to go to another state. Same reason why a French person is more likely to visit Berlin than Beijing.”

“Yes. I’ve been to 45 of the 48 Continental states.”

That we only eat fast food

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“Plenty of us cook or enjoy good, healthy food. And we have plenty of great dining out options other than chain or fast food places.”

That all our food is bad quality

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“Literally every major market in the United States has a bakery section and a cheese section with a wide variety of different styles of bread and cheeses. While you may not be able to find a relatively obscure cheese only found in some tiny little region in France, that doesn’t mean we can’t find good, aged cheeses or decent crusty bread.”

“Food-related ones like this always annoy me like, bruh, I can go to a specialty Italian market and get high-quality food, and most grocery stores have a selection of higher-end stuff that is usually made in-house.”

That all of our beer sucks

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“Beer too! It’s not all Bud/Miller/Coors here. We have a ton of breweries here and make a large variety of beers. The US is really good at beer.”

That saying the pledge of allegiance at school was a big deal

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“In reality, the pledge of allegiance is entirely mundane and something that I didn’t think about in the slightest. I don’t think I actually said it once in my entire time in middle or high school. Most kids just stood up, maybe a couple of kids in each class would mumble it, some kids wouldn’t stand at all, and it was never a big deal.”

“Yep, it always just seemed more like a signal that we were starting the actual work day. It was a good transition.”

That our healthcare is fully privatized

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“Health care is not totally privatized. There is a public sector of it, but it’s just restricted to specific people in specific conditions.”

“Essentially, the public sector is just there for the elderly and those who can’t take care of themselves.”

That we are a racist nation

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“Compared to other countries, we are way less racist. Although the news tries to portray the opposite.”

“We care more about fighting racism and listening to the victims in the name of equal rights. In other countries, their particular racial dynamics have often been ingrained for eons, and they just don’t care if ‘those people’ don’t like it.”

That we’re prudes

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“Europeans think we’re prudes; people from North Africa, the Middle East, and southwest Asia think we’re hedonistic. We can’t win.”

“We’re either ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ or ‘Girls Gone Wild,’ with no in-between.”

That we’re all overweight

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“I mean, lots of people are huge, but not everyone.”

“Not all. But two out of three are.”

That we’re all armed at all times

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“We don’t go everywhere armed to the teeth and have frequent running gun battles in the streets like in an action movie. Most of us don’t even own guns.”

“You could come vacation in America for weeks and never see a gun on anyone but a police officer. Rural Americans have the biggest gun culture, and you’re still very unlikely to see one there unless you have plans to go hunting or target practicing with one.”

That we don’t understand the metric system

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“Not only do we understand it, but it is widely used. Food products typically have both ounces and grams on the label, for example.”

“We do know how to use the metric system. We use it daily without even really thinking about it. But because our most popular measurements are miles for distance and feet for height, it seems like imperial is all we know.”

Americans are mean

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“I see a lot of stuff about how Americans are mean. Americans are literally the nicest people, especially Southerners.”

“Midwest people are absolutely some of the friendliest. I’ve lived here almost my whole life and realized I’ve taken for granted the fact that people open doors for each other, greet total strangers when we make eye contact, let cars merge with little problem on crowded roads, stop roadside to help pulled over vehicles, etc.”

That we eat burgers every day

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“If you go to Japan and say you’re American, the first and only thing they think about you is that you eat burgers every day.”

It’s just like the movies

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“A lot of stuff people from other countries see about us in movies are exaggerations. A lot of them seem to expect everything to play out like a film when in reality, we tend to make movies as unrealistic as we can.”

That we’re all uneducated

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“We’re just as capable of learning languages as everyone else. It’s just not much use if you’re not on the border with Mexico or Quebec.”

We have tons of private prisons

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“That private prisons are some crazy epidemic. Nearly every criminal justice thread I see from Europeans brings up private prisons. Only 8% of prisoners are held in private facilities.”

That we’re all rich

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“Apparently, people from other countries think we’re all rich and are shocked to see that we don’t live like they show people living in TV and movies. TV and movies are not real. Working class people in America don’t live like the upper middle class.”

That all cops are bad

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“Yes, there might be a few idiot dirty cops, but this is a huge country with hundreds of thousands of officers, and 99.99% are great at what they do and are honest.”

“Sure, some are good. Many think they can do anything and get away with it, which is true to some extent. I personally don’t trust cops.”

We’re all the same

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“We are a hugely diverse lot, like a lot of countries. Making generalities is fine if you know it is not going to apply to everyone or even most people.”

“No, we’re not just some country. We’ve got 50 states spanning the entire continent.”

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