Immigrants and American History

Some immigrants know more American about history than Americans do. Perhaps because of the requirement to study civics on application for naturalization, which I did about 10 years ago – and I’ve forgotten some of it already as well 🙂

And the following is just so funny that I had to add it here as a posting because it is actually very true, because I do know more about the way government is structured in the US, and perhaps a little more about American history than many Americans do. I don’t know why that is but such is the way of things. Many will find this funny, especially US immigrants and even many Americans, but look on it as being humor rather than insulting as it is not intended to be offensive:

“It was the first day of a school in USA and a new Indian student named Chandrasekhar Subramanian entered the fourth grade. The teacher said, ‘Let’s begin by reviewing some American History. Who said ‘Give me Liberty , or give me Death’? She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Chandrasekhar, who had his hand up :’Patrick Henry, 1775′ he said. ‘Very good!’ Who said ‘Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth?’ Again, no response except from Chandrasekhar. ‘Abraham Lincoln, 1863’ said Chandrasekhar. The teacher snapped at the class, ‘Class, you should be ashamed.’ Chandrasekhar, who is new to our country, knows more about its history than you do.’ She heard a loud whisper: ‘F*** the Indians,’ ‘Who said that?’ she demanded. Chandrasekhar put his hand up. ‘General Custer, 1862.’ At that point, a student in the back said, ‘I’m gonna puke.’ The teacher glares around and asks ‘All right! Now, who said that?’ Again, Chandrasekhar says, ‘George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991.’ Now furious, another student yells, ‘Oh yeah? Suck this!’ Chandrasekhar jumps out of his chair waving his hand and shouts to the teacher , ‘Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!’ Now with almost mob hysteria someone said ‘You little shit. If you say anything else, I’ll kill you.’ Chandrasekhar frantically yells at the top of his voice, ‘Michael Jackson to the child witnesses testifying against him – 2004.’ The teacher fainted. And as the class gathered around the teacher on the floor, someone said, ‘Oh shit, we’re f*****d!’ And Chandrasekhar said quietly, ‘I think that was Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe , 2008.'”