@NeirasRothmagia On the one hand, I respect that you're recognizing you went too far in your initial post. On the other, there's this thing called an "edit" button. Talk is cheap, go back and fix it. But that's not what gets me. What gets me is you characterizing the entire population of a country as violent oppressors and genocidal sociopaths and then calling for "cooler heads" when people, quite understandably, are pissed the f* off by your ignorant insults. You just slapped 350 million people in the face, spat in their eye, and then have the gall to say "be respectful." Respect is a 2-way street, bub, you gotta GIVE it to get it. Or at the very least EARN it. You don't get to just demand it while pissing on everyone around you.
Whether this turned into any sort of "respectful discussion" after that or not, you started off on the worst possible foot and did nothing to go back and correct your blunder. You actually seem offended that people are offended by you insulting our country, our history, our traditions, and us, personally, as people. There is no room for discussion here, you insulted an entire country of people over some freakin' satire in a video game.
Let me tell you something about this country you clearly hate so much; obviously we must be doing something pretty feckin' awesome because there are hundreds of thousands of people a year traveling thousands of miles smuggled in the hold of boats, trunk of a car, back of a truck hiding under a blanket and that's just to get to the border, to our doorstep, and then risk life and limb, quite literally, trying to sneak across that border and they are thankful, THANKFUL, to work a dead-end, minimum wage job and send 90% of their paycheck to their family back home. They are thankful, I'll say it again, THANKFUL, just to be in this country even if they have to live in constant fear of being deported because THAT fear is better than the fear they lived with back in their home country and if/when they DO get deported they go through it all again trying to get back here because America is BETTER THAN. And it's as simple as that. You can finish that sentence any way you want. America is BETTER THAN. Better than where the came from. Better than any country they trekked through to get here. Better than anywhere else in the world they could have gone to. Because dying just TRYING to get here is still BETTER THAN the life they're running away from. Better than anything and anywhere else in the world could possibly offer. THAT is the country you're putting down. THAT is the country you're saying is so damn horrid. The place the rest of the world is killing themselves trying to get into.
"Some insensitive comments." Dude, screw you. Saying Americans have an obesity problem is an "insensitive comment." Calling me bald and paunchy would be an "insensitive comment." What you did was vomit up hatred from the bitter pits of ignorance and idiocy. A half-assed "maybe I could have phrased that better" 16 pages in isn't going to cut it.
You don't want to get into your "lived experience," so let me tell you about mine. My thrice-great grandfather was an African slave. He escaped through the Underground Railroad, found himself a white girl, started a family, went BACK into the Underground Railroad and DIED helping others escape. That's a PART of my heritage. So are the Irish, a people enslaved by the BRITISH Empire long before any African slaves and were bought and sold at so cheap a price you could get a dozen Irish slaves for the price of a single African slave, which made them cheap to replace and therefore were beaten, abused, and killed by their "masters" with far more frequency than black slaves. They were disposable. That is a PART of my heritage. Mohawk tribe, Italian, German, Dutch, French, Welch, probably a dozen others I'd need a full genealogy investigation to learn about. And you know what? None of that matters. None of it is special. None of that means anything because there are literally hundreds of millions of others living in this country today and throughout its history with the same story. And we get called "imperialist oppressors" for it. My thrice-great grandfather was an African SLAVE and I get accused of parading around in a white hooded robe in my spare time at least three times a week because in spite of my thoroughly mixed heritage my complexion is still fairly "pale." No one gives a damn that I'm from "the North" (you know, the side that was fighting AGAINST slavery during the American Civil War?). No one gives a damn that I'm the descendant of a slave. No one gives a damn that the same can be said regarding pretty much EVERY heritage I've inherited. I'm a "white American" therefore I must be a racist bastard.
And people like YOU perpetuate that narrative. People like you who don't know one damn thing about America's PEOPLE yet condemn us all with your ignorant bigotry.
And now you want to "step back." Maybe you never should have stepped forward in the first place. It's obvious you have nothing to say, nothing to contribute here but blind hatred and vitriol, ignorantly insulting people you don't even know. And I am absolutely appalled that this thread has been allowed to continue on for so long.
GMs, I am begging you here, shut this down. There's no "feedback" to "farm" here.