America: “The land of the free and the home of the brave.” When I first moved to America from India

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America: “The land of the free and the home of the brave.” When I first moved to America from India in elementary school, I heard countless exciting stories. The most important thing I was told was that America is the land to start over, a land full of equal opportunities, and a land of happiness. While growing older however, I started to understand that not everyone is comfortable with foreigners. When I was eight years old, I learned that there will always be people who will not agree with who you are due to your racial background. As a young Indian girl, I was happy to be incorporated into the American way of life. I loved the exotic mixture of people, the food, and the principles. I loved everything about it. Yet, in the end,…show more content…
This was the first time that I felt the wrath of racism. The ignorance, hate, and annoyance that I felt as an eight year old that day scarred me for a long time. When I went home and cried to my sister about it, she told me that there will always be people like that in this world, and that there will be three times that many kind people. Instead of feeling fear and hostility, this optimistic message pushed me forward to be more hopeful. As I grew older, I took all the adversities I faced, and fought against them. I did not just want to ignore my feelings and hide away because I knew that somewhere in the world, there were others fighting the same racist battle. Instead, I began to participate in campaigns against bullying and racism to make a true impact and change in the world. From being ignored as an Indian eight year old to being told that my family did not deserve to live a good life due to our foreign background, racism has followed me throughout my life. As I grew older, I realized that everyone has different opinions on what they believe is important. While some may think that times have changed, and that background has no vital role, others beg to differ. As I mature, I realize that the people who make these hateful comments were probably influenced by their parents. Although these comments have pushed me, broken me down, and made me cry for days, they did not defeat me. At the beginning, I

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