My family are immigrants newly arrived in the U.S. My parents raised me to believe "everything you want is available to you as long as you work hard. Growing up believing that and seeing it play into practice were always in conflict. On one hand they held onto this idea of "just work hard enough" on the other there were many other minorities that I knew who were not able to achieve the American dream, not because they did not work hard enough, but because of systems in place that went against the "white" normal. Certain children were instructed to not associate with us, because their parents were afraid of them getting sick or picking up the "wrong ways". As I got older and began working on my profession in college (social work) I noticed the predominately Brown/Black school I was completing my internship was dilapidated, and lacking resources that my district was able to pay for (I grew up in one of the wealthiest counties in America). Where because the local community could not contribute the same as a more affluent sector of our county could, their children were not given the same opportunities.