Questioning America

Mayar - Astoria, New York
Entered on November 14, 2012
Age Group: Under 18
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I believe that America means freedom. But is everyone living in this country enjoying their freedom at all times? Even though you are free to believe in any faith and behave the way you want, I believe there is still a little unfairness that goes on. I also believe that America provides a better life. My family is able to obtain good education, health care, voting rights and many job opportunities. Doesn’t it feel good to live in a democracy where no one has control over you and no one can take away your natural rights ?

I believe that everyone should be equal and all Americans that live in this country should be treated the same. It should not matter what color you are or what religion you practice. You should not be afraid to dress or wear whatever you desire. I believe that diversity is one of the reasons America is beautiful. It should not be a problem when one wears their traditional clothes or dress in a different way. I believe that people should respect others no matter what.

I’m a Muslim and I wear the hijab (head-scarf). Many Muslims wear the hijab in America, but why aren’t they treated the same as the ones that don’t cover their hair ? Why can’t they get a job they wanted because they are following their religion and they wear a piece of material on their head? I remember my mother’s friend applied for a job in a hotel in Manhattan and she did not get accepted just because she was covering her hair. How is wearing an extra piece of cloth making you different from others? I also don’t think it’s fair when a guy comes out of no where and calls me an “f***ing terrorist” while I’m having a walk on the street. He just said it as if it was so normal and walked away. I believe that no one should pay for other people’s mistakes. We are all human-beings and we deserve to live in peace. I believe that people should stop being racist. They should be fair and help others out if they are able to do so. We should all have our freedom ALL the time. Wouldn’t this be such a wonderful country? I believe it would.