The United States is located on the 3rd largest continent North America. North America has five different time zones and is the only continent you can experience every type of climate. How lucky! Fun fact, the US has no official language on a federal level; however everyone speaks English, with Spanish as the second most common language in the US. The US economy is the largest in the world, and we invented the internet. You can find these interesting fun facts HERE
I wanted to do an article about America Misconceptions, as I did Africa Misconceptions, you can read the article HERE . I had a special person interview me, you know him (Uchenna) from the Soul Mate article which you can read HERE
While many of my readers and visitors of my blog are American, because I reside in the US. I have many readers who live in other countries. I thank you and I truly appreciate your support.
As everyone else in the world, Uchenna had his perceptions of America, and he can tell you many of the perceptions are not true. I hope you enjoy. This was the funniest interview ever ( I had to assist him along the way) but he did a great job.
Uchenna: How many states are in the US?
LaShawn: There are 50 states, 1 federal district Washington DC- and some us territories.
Uchenna: What state are you from?
LaShawn: I am was born and raised in Virginia
Uchenna: What state do you live in?
LaShawn: I still live in VA- never lived in another state, one of my regrets but I have traveled to many places so it’s a balance.
Uchenna: I don’t understand Americans at all or their way of life.
LaShawn: Our way of life is very different because we are a very diverse nation. Everyone has freedom to do what they want to do and to be what they want to be. The way of life in America is all about choice. You have the choice to work hard or not work hard. America is what you make it!
Uchenna: Why is there so much racism in America?
LaShawn: As an African American woman, and a person of the black race. I honestly still experience racism today. I can’t really explain it. The civil rights movement ended only 51 years ago, so that’s not really a long time, so the wounds are still fresh. Hopefully, in the next 100 years or so people will not have to deal with racism, and we can be judged solely by our character not the color of or skin.
Uchenna: Can you explain the civil rights movement, what’s that about?
LaShawn: Sure, The Civil War abolished slavery but it didn’t end discrimination. Civil Rights was the movement for blacks to gain equal rights under the law in United States. We as the black race was subject to discrimination because of the color of our skin. The civil rights movement was brutal, many blacks fought for us to have the freedom we have today. They fought for privileges other Americans already enjoyed. Nothing was given to the black race we fought for it.
Uchenna: WOW, that’s interesting. So do you feel as if you belong in America?
LaShawn: I love my country. However, I am going to be honest, as a black person sometimes people look at you as if you don’t belong in America because your black. Then other countries, such as people from Africa treat you differently because they see you are American and they think you are privileged, not knowing the entire situation of what black Americans went through. So it’s a hard situation. I suggest a google search civil rights movement.
Uchenna: Why is America so violent? All you see is gun, gun, and people shooting. I’m scared of America.
LaShawn: In America, you have the right to bear arms. Which means you can buy a gun if you want. There are some laws in place that prohibits someone from getting guns. Honestly, you have to be mindful of your surroundings and don’t get involved in any bad activity and watch your environment. We have law enforcement and a judicial system in place for anyone that violates.
Uchenna: I understand, but if someone dies you can’t manufacture that persons life, the person is gone. It’s not like that in Africa, easy access to firearms.
LaShawn: That is true, if someone commits a crime they are usually convicted to the fullest extent of the law if found guilty. The price for freedom can be costly. Everything is not perfect, but it’s not all what you see on television. Don’t be scared. You can’t live in fear.
Uchenna: On television they portray black American women in a bad way, loud, angry, rude, inconsiderate and mean. Is that portrayal accurate?
LaShawn: No! it’s not accurate at all, the black woman is the most disrespected in the US. We have to work twice as hard. Nothing is given to us. I really hate how they portray us on tv, we don’t fight, we don’t beat each other up, we are not gold diggers. Most of the black woman I know are strong, independent, and hardworking. TELEVISION IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT ONLY! We are mothers and wives we know how to take care of our family.
Uchenna: Why are Americans not family oriented?
LaShawn: That’s a general statement. Americans are family oriented. We are just not subjected to all that cultural process and things that you often have to deal with in your African tribe. Also, it’s based on your life circumstances. I was born to single mother which is common in the US, I guess so many men have options and they use it to their advantage lol. But seriously, Americans families are very loving and independent and they are responsible for themselves not everyone in their extended family such as brother, sisters, uncles, and cousins.
Uchenna: So if you decide to get married in America what’s the process?
LaShawn: There’s no process like that extensive , tedious procedure, you have done in the past. Its more so just a respect thing if I had a living parent you would just tell them of your intentions. No one stops you from getting married. We can just go to the court pay $30 license fee and we are husband and wife. That’s the beauty of the US, freedom to do what you want without all the red tape lol. If you want a large wedding than you plan it, and of course you would create a budget.
Uchenna: WOW, I like that process!
LaShawn: I want a big Nigerian wedding lol..Budget 1,500,000 Naira.. Honeymoon In Seychelles….
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Uchenna: The American Patriotism. Why do people love America so much.
LaShawn: America is beautiful place. It’s the land of the free, home of the brave, you can do and be what you want. It’s all about you and your choices. We love America because our government looks out for the people, they value our life in most cases. There are many grants to assist with starting your own business; buying a home, and regardless of your income level they will see you at the hospital and provide care. Also if you serve in the military you have lifetime benefits as well.
Uchenna: I have a better understanding of America, thank you for asking me to help you.
LaShawn: I appreciate your support, you are my biggest fan and supporter of my blog. Now about this big Nigerian Wedding.
Uchenna: What’s the budget?
LaShawn: 1,500,000 Naira lol
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Uchenna: I love you LaShawn.. Thanks everyone. I hope you enjoy my baby blog. America is great!
Do you have any misconceptions of America? Thoughts? Comment below