Leila Jafta


My name is Leila. I am a 30-year-old woman who comes from the USA. I am an African American maid in white households, in addition, I have been working for the same family since 1939, I was 15 years old when I started working as a maid. Even though the woman I work for treats me awful, I somehow feel like the kids is a part of my family, as they are my family. I spend my entire day there, which is the only way I can support my own kids.


I take the bus every morning and every evening home again. The house that my family lives in is a small house, which soon on tour to coincide. Both my husband and I work full time to keep the family together, so it is up to our oldest daughter to take care off the rest of the kids. I hate that she has that responsibility in such a young age, but that is the only way.


In my country I have no rights. My kids don't have the right to go to school, not that my family can afford it. African Americans has been fighting against racial discrimination for centuries, however, the struggle against racism and segregation entered the mainstream of American life. The Supreme Court has declared that separate educational facilities for black children were “inherently unequal”.


I wonder when people found out that black people were worth less than white. How did this all happen? Black people in America, especially in the south, faces discrimination on an everyday basis. They are treated as if they have no value in this world. However, we do. We do matter in this world, and everyone matters equally. Kids learn that black people are worthless, and when you hear this everyday of your childhood, of course this is what you believe in the end. You do not know anything else about these black people. The truth is that we are all the same. We have the same value. Moreover, should defiantly have the same rights. Why should some live in a villa, doing nothing, and some live in an old cabin working all day to keep that cabin? It does not make any sense. This is something that need to be changed, the world cannot go on living like this, and I defiantly cannot. What surprises me the most in my country is that they do not do something to fight for equality. Not enough obviously. In almost every trial, where it is one black man and one white man, the white man wins. This is not something I would call coincidence. It does not matter if the judge know that the black man is innocent, if he is a racist, the white man will win. In my opinion, there should be one white and one black judge, judging the case together. Everyone should stand up for his or her rights, for the right to be treated equal, to be treated like a human being.


Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. She became an advocate for girls’ education as a child. This was something the Taliban did not like, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On a bus home from school, a terrorist from Taliban shot Malala in the head. On a miraculously way she survived with medical help first in Pakistan and then in the UK. After this, she has continued to speak out on the importance of education for girls too. Malala gave a speech in Peshawar, Pakistan, in September 2008, after the Taliban began attacking girls’ schools in Swat Valley. “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?” this was the title of her speech. She was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, but did not get it these two times. She was nominated again in 2014 and won; she became the youngest person to receive the Noble Peace Prize.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a Baptist minister and social activist. Beginning in the mid-1950s, he had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States. In the South of America and other areas of the nations, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregations of African-Americans, as well as the creation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize. As well as receiving several other honors. King`s 1963 speech “I Have a Dream” is known all over the world, and he is often referenced by it. In April 1968, King was assassinated; however, he continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-Americans leaders in history.
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." — Martin Luther King, Jr. / "I Have A Dream" speech, August 28, 1963

Both King and Yousafzai are ones who have fought for their and for the fellow human being rights. King fought for discrimination against African Americans in the USA in the 1950s, while Yousafzai fought and are still fighting for girls’ rights to an education in Pakistan. One of the huge difference between these two is that Yousafzai is a woman, while King is a man. In addition, it is much more dangerous for a girl to stand up for what they mean than a man. Since forever, it have been that way that a woman is the weakest gender in the society, or at least that is what some like to believe. Yousafzai has proven the world wrong. Martin and Malala are both two huge inspirers for the world; they have both shown that if you stand up for something, and fights for something long enough, it will give results. However, Martin and Malala knew that if they stood up and tried to make a change, they could both end up dead, but they refused to live feeling less worth than others. In addition, they did it against all odds.


Even though the USA is one of the richest countries in the world, their standard of living is marred by persistent poverty and inequality. Due to the highly capitalistic nature of the US economy. The US is a rich country; however, the government does not provide as many services to all its citizens as other countries. Of course, there are countries where it is worse, moreover, there are also many not-so-rich countries where they have a better offer. This affects the poor above all. If you are poor in the US and need medical help, you may not get that help because you do not got that kind of money. This should defiantly improve based on their economy. The government uses a lot of money to help other countries in war for example, in addition they should first solve this problem, which is a huge one, before they solves other countries problems.
If they uses less money in other countries, the medical offer could offer much more and save thousands of lives. Actually, it socks me that a country like the US do not priority people’s health and well care more than they do.

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