Laurie Mulvey Posted about 4 years ago Sam Richards: A radical experiment in empathy So Nichola, for the past couple of weeks you have been consistently holding up the mirror to say, "you should be empathizing with all of the other downtrodden people of the world -- stop focusing on the evils committed by Americans." So let me respond once again in a different way. You seem to be concerned that too many people are knee-jerk anti-American politically correct leftists hell-bent on finding flaws in any and everything that the U.S. does that is wrong. And so with this in mind you continually throw people ideas back at them by coming up with some other terrible act that is undertaken by people in other parts of the world. So let me say that this, too, is a concern of mine because I run into plenty of people who seem to stop at the bad things the U.S. does and refuse to look at other countries and cultures. I suppose that it's too much fun to take shots at the big dog in the room -- but too be fair we sort of call it upon ourselves by constantly talking about how wonderful we are and how we support freedom and democracy everywhere...when in fact we often do so only when it's convenient for us (i.e., in our economic and political interests to do so). But please accept that IT IS POSSIBLE for some of us to critique injustice wherever we see it, whenever it occurs. And that sometimes...sometimes... we have to stop to turn our attention to the United States. So you are correct to remind people that other countries/people have done some very terrible things, but just remember that IT IS POSSIBLE to also talk about the U.S. and not be anti-American -- that sometimes it's time to turn our attention to this country.