What can YOU say in six sentences?
They don veils and listen, quiet introspective kids from the Middle East. Two freshmen girls volunteer for the Columbus Day parade to carry the high school banner, “Yes, you can participate,” says their Moms, “but after the parade, come home; don’t go to the boys and girls club; you don’t want dad to find out.” They go anyway and after pizza they huddle in the back alley of the building to smoke their first cigarette and swear their first swear words like a New York City kid.
Student immigrants from all racial and cultural backgrounds becoming American… good, bad, and indifferent when they enter city schools, “Go fuck yourself,” says one yet she doesn’t fully understand what that means, and the other, while she puffs on a cigarette and coughs, “You ain’t nothin but a bitch and a mutha fucka.” She needs practice on the accent, but also doesn’t know what that means. There’s no turning back, and not long after they seem to get it right with a job and education, both street and higher learning; and return to school with an aura of grace to thank their teachers and coaches for the support and understanding.