Whether it is accurate or not, most countries have stereotypes of its culture. Mexico may be of sombreros and tacos. France may be of berets and wine. Russia may be of ushankas and vodka. Most of these stereotypes were solidified before the 20th century. So, what is the American stereotype? It cannot be merely of the cowboy hat and beer since that Western culture was only one later societal tradition. In Eastern America, men would often be known to wear top hats or powdered wigs and drink cider, beer, and whiskey. At some point, Americans were associated with "mom and apple pie" as a symbol of wholesomeness. In more recent times, perhaps Americans are stereotyped as fat, lazy, hamburger and pizza eating gun fanatics.
Maybe this is part of the problem Americans face. We have no real cultural identity. What does it mean to dress like an American? While Europe is made up of many distinct little countries, America is a large melting pot or salad bowl of cultures until there is no distinct stereotypical fashion, food, or drink associated with Americans. People from other cultures therefore often look down on Americans for not understanding their own identity-culture; such as how Hispanics may feel a camaraderie that non-Hispanics don't have. But is this really a flaw in Americanism? Culture identities based on race or region are often archaic and limiting, if not actually insulting. Why should someone of Spanish or Portuguese descent automatically be saddled with all the concerns and actions of every other person of the same descent? Further, it is ironic when many of the people advocating Hispanic this or that are actually descendants of aboriginal cultures that were victimized and raped by the Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors. So, in effect, these "Hispanics" are lauding and championing the very Spanish and Portuguese cultures that destroyed and enslaved their ancestors. READ American Stereotype about American Stereotype