Mandingo Essay

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The question of who we are has much to do with where we reside. I am in a place where the American Dream is everyone’s ultimate goal, where opportunity is not handed but earned and everyone has the same cliché story. Where I reside is totally different from where my parents migrated from. I live in the land of opportunity where all is possible and the word impossible doesn’t exist. I am a citizen of “the greatest country on earth”, a Country of immigrants and build by immigrants the United States of America. I was born and raised in New York City. NYC is a very diverse place that attracts many people. Its diversity is one of the reasons why many people want to migrate to NYC. Many people will do anything in their power to come to this blessed Country for a better life. I know this because my parents did. If my parents never had immigrated to the NYC, I would’ve never gotten this opportunity of striving for success. Both of my parents were born and raised in Guinea West Africa, they got the chance to come to America and they took advantage. Africa is filled with many different ethnic groups; Mandingo tribe is one of them. Their reason of coming to America is the same as any immigrant that are here in NYC. African immigrants are one of the fastest growing groups to arrive in the united states between the 1980’s and 1990’s. The African immigrant’s population increased by 200% around this decade. Many African American people wonder about what ethnic group/tribe their ancestor came from, or where in Africa? This is a topic that been trending since Alex Haley the man that claims he traced his roots to back home in Africa and wrote a book called roots. This book is based on Kunta Kinte who was born in the Mandingo village and his journey on coming to the United States. Between the 16th and 18th century Africans were shipped from Africa to America as slaves. More than one

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