I've lived in the Chicago-land area for my entire life, which is one of the largest cities in America.
With more than 7 billion people in the world, I oftentimes find myself wondering how I got so lucky to be born with so many natural advantages (white, American, male). I try not to take these things for granted, as there are many less fortunate individuals that struggle to make ends meat.
I believe that most would agree (although some would not like to admit it) that many people who live in other parts of the world are envious of Americans. With so many people from all over the world immigrating to the US, I would imagine that many people know somebody in their life who has moved here. And in many cases, that person who moved to the US was maybe less deserving than you.
And knowing that said person is now making more money and living a more successful life than you, despite maybe having a less desirable job, can feel unfair. Thus, people form negative opinions of the US and latch onto any negative press. In fact, hearing people say negative things about the US makes you feel a little bit better about your own situation.
It's common for people to dislike something that they themselves cannot be a part of. We see this everywhere.
"I own a PS4. I hate Xbox."
"I don't make a lot of money. I don't care about material things."
"I live in Europe. I don't like the US."
The United States is the most influential country on Earth.
Edit: Not trying to offend anyone here. I have no hard feelings for these individuals and can completely understand their frustration.
A lot of that is simply wrong. A lot of the people here who are discussing this are Canadian or European. I can assure you we're not envious, and we can make just as much money and be just as successful as Americans, except it's actually easier for us because we don't have to pay a fortune for education
Except you guys pay a lot more in taxes, so your education isn't exactly free. Also, how come Europe or Canada doesn't have their Silicon Valley or Hollywood? They have film studios and tech companies, but not like the US. Is it because it is far easier to be an entrepreneur in America because of the lower taxes and fewer regulations or are there other reasons? We got Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Nvidia, AMD, Facebook, Twitter and a lot more. We've got most of the major film studios and most of the major music labels. Then when you look at the music industry, the NFL and NBA, you realize that the US has more wealthy black people than any other nation on Earth? In fact, I remember reading somewhere that if you added up all the wealth of the entire black population of the United States, you would have the 14th largest economy in the world. Why is this? What is it that we were able to get right that you guys weren't?