This I Believe

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This I Believe I believe the American society is blinded by its own hypocrisy. Every year, thousands of immigrants from all over the world come to America in pursuit of the American Dream. Upon arrival, they are met with laws, fees, and procedures that hinder them from the pursuit of their happiness. All of this is understandable, after all, the American economy is suffering and such laws and fees are meant to subsidize the cost of supporting immigrants in America. But as a first generation immigrant, I can honestly say that no matter how many years an immigrant spends here, how much money, and how much education they attain, they will always have the sense of not belonging. Seven years ago when I was in the 6th grade, one of my fellow classmates said to me, “You know, since your from Africa you have a lot of germs. You need to be careful so you don’t give us any diseases, especially AIDS.” I was dumbstruck, I couldn’t believe someone so young could be so crude and insensitive. I let that go on the basis that she was just an ignorant little girl, and it was my fault for having an accent and making it obvious I wasn’t from here. However, six years later during my senior year of high school, I was once again reminded of how much of an outside I am. A couple of friends and I had signed up to donate blood, but I was turned away at the blood drive. I was told that since I wasn’t born here, I couldn’t give blood. Worse still, people from my country or people who had parents that were born in my country couldn’t give blood. I understand that they have to take safety precautions, but I think it’s a bit ridiculous to eliminate an entire race from giving blood, when there are millions of people in need of it. The straw that broke the camels back was when I applied for my summer job. I had applied for the same job twice with my legal name and was immediately…...

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