All Immigrants are Equal – But Some are More Equal than Others

America doesn’t want “your tired and your poor”. They want only your gifted and privileged. This is an excellent article from Al Jazeera that details how racist and classist the U.S. has always been – wanting only those who are “exceptional” and highly skilled. It explains how the American myth of being able to become anything you want to be, regardless of your background, is absurd.

“…this rhetoric only serves to boost the myth of merit, and further the erroneous belief that only the “deserving” and exceptional – who are mostly exceptional because of existing class, family, political, and educational privileges – should be in the US.”

Read in Al Jazeera

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About Barbara MacLean

Barbara MacLean has worked as an academic and career counselor at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), Merritt and West Valley Colleges and as a career counselor and manager of the Oakland One Stop Career Center, a public career and jobs center in partnership with EDD. She is a co-founder and editor of Planning Beyond Capitalism.

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