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Racial Profiling In The United States

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Race is defined as an arbitrary categorization of a group of people sharing the same cultural and regional background. For instance, I am considered to be caucasian in all legal documentation. However, ethnically I am considered to be Persian because I share their national and cultural tradition. This is due to me being born in Iran. I was born and raised in the capital of Iran known as Tehran. Iran is located in between Iraq and Pakistan. Although I am legally considered to be caucasian, I am racially profiled as being Middle Eastern. Middle Easterners are categorized as individuals who were born in the Middle East which is considered to be the majority of Western Asia.
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Also in Iran the chances of one majoring in what one wants to in college is very slim. There is a test known as the Iranian University Entrance Exam, which is used for the means of one gaining entrance to a higher education. This test determines what major one will pursue in one’s college career and one cannot argue this decision. Knowing this, my parents wanted my brother and me to have a chance to decide our own future and career instead of us having our lives destined by Iran. My mother and father were willing to leave everything including our home, our family and our country behind so we would have a better chance at having a promising future and prosperous life. They also knew that coming here would be very difficult especially since we did not speak English nor did we have many connections in the United States. Finally, the day came when our lawyer called in to give my family the news that we had been accepted to obtain Green Cards for the United States.
The tickets were bought, our bags were packed and we were ready to go on our way. The night of going to the airport for our flight me, my brother and my cousin all stayed up all night crying. I was about to lose more than half of my family, I was devastated. I remember looking at my grandmother and seeing the sadness in her face, the bags under her eyes, her make up smeared, and the tear marks on her face. We said all our goodbyes to our friends and family; at around 12 a.m we were heading out to the airport. The drive to the airport was about 45 minutes through the city. I was able to say my last goodbye to my home country. Seeing the moonlight shining on the streets brought tears to my eyes because I knew that I would no longer be able to see my home for a very long time. I felt chills throughout my body during the entire car ride. Until this day I sometimes feel very upset about how I am not able to see my country and might not be able to visit it again for more years to come. The trip had two stops in between Iran and the United States. Our first stop was in Italy. Everything was very foreign to me in Italy. There were people without hijabs, the police looked different everyone’s face just seemed a little brighter than the people in Iran. We stayed in a old hotel next to the beach. The hotel looked like what you would expect to see in the movies. The big gold entrance doors, a huge picture on the wall, long brown stairways with gold railing leading to the rooms and with a view of the beach out of the hotel rooms. In Italy, we had to meet with the embassy and have our documents checked. There was a long line of people at the embassy trying to get their documents checked and obtain their green cards. At the embassy they had us meet with the doctors to give us the proper vaccinations before we could fly to the United States. I remember sitting on the bench until it was my turn for getting the immunization, crying my eyes out. I have always been very afraid of needles, so the trip was...

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