Can we just take a moment to appreciate the issues we go through during testing that are expressed in this scene?
OMFG. I ALWAYS BREAK MY PENCIL ON THE BUBBLE THAT IS CLEARLY NOT THE ANSWER AND THEN I HAVE THAT INTERNAL MONOLOGUE THAT SAYS, “CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE JUST COMPLETELY RUINED ANY AND ALL CHANCES OF EVER BEING A SUCCESSFUL HUMAN BEING, YOU SHOULD JUST DO THE WALK OF ACADEMIC SHAME TO McDONALD’S!!”
“After this I go to work at a pizza shop. My wife and I were college professors in Bangladesh. I taught accounting. But one dollar in America becomes eighty dollars when we send it back home.”
People forget, when immigrants come to this country they start from scratch. They could have been lawyers in their home country, but in the US..it means nothing. You think a HS diploma from Bangladesh means anything in this country? My mom was a top student in the country, went to all the best school and got the best of everything…but when she got here it meant squat and she was cleaning other people’s homes and scrubbing their toilets. This is why I get pissed of when people talk smack about immigrants. They at least are doing something…..heading for a goal..making sacrifices…what are you doing with your life?
^ My parents were college-educated teachers in their home country and came to the U.S. with nothing but empty pockets, a dash of hope, and a belief in God. They also scrubbed toilets in people’s homes to make enough to provide for their children, and that’s probably not something a lot of educated professionals would be able to do. I know I wouldn’t be able to do it. Pride would get in the way.
THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT.
Yep. People do forget this. My mother got two degrees in mathematic and in physics in el salvador but when she came to the US she wound up working as a seamstress for $5 an hour. People forget the sacrifices that immigrants make. It’s infuriating.
I was born in the US, and so were both of my parents, so technically I have no right to say anything about this, but I feel like have to. Unlike a lot of Americans, I have the utmost respect for ANY immigrant. I can’t even begin to fathom how much courage it must take to leave everything you’ve ever known and start all over in a foreign country, especially a foreign country in which all of your achievements amount to almost nothing, and you’re treated, unfortunately, like inferior beings. As an American, I’m ashamed of us, and our whole system. I thought that America was supposed to be the land of equality. But if our government’s attitude towards immigrants is basically, “Well, since you weren’t born here, you’re going to be treated differently than everyone else,” doesn’t that fly right in the face of everything that America is supposed to stand for? Anyway you view the situation, a high school diploma is a high school diploma; no matter what country it comes from, it means that you’re perfectly qualified. It means that you’re equal. And what all of that should mean to our government is, “We’d be honored to have you in our country.” So if that’s the case, then why are there all of these stories of the awful treatment of our fellow human beings? I can’t even begin to answer that question, but I do dream of one day living in a world where things like this are taboo, and that we are regarded as savages for this ridiculousness. Until then, I want to break the cycle of hypocrisy by apologizing on behalf of every single contemptible “American” who has ever treated an immigrant with anything less than their utmost respect.
I think Graceland is my new favorite show, courtesy of all of the gratuitous shots of Aaron Tveit in his underwear:)
Yes! Yes yes yes YES!
Sir Tveit plays a rookie undercover narc who used to be a MARINE AND HE WEARS SUPER TIGHT-FITTING SHIRTS AND ITS JUST LIKE “OH, THERE IS A GOD!”