Being Honest about the American Dream

Monday, December 31, 2012

Radio Rookie Danielle in the studio

WNYC Radio Rookie Danielle shares her story about not being able to be honest with her family in Congo about how hard life is in the United States. She's joined by Kim Nichols of the African Services Committee to talk about why it's so difficult to tell the truth about challenges.


Kim Nichols

Comments [4]

John from NY

Surely I'm not the only cold-hearted prick who heard Danielle's story on the radio this moring, and asked themselves, "Sorry your Dad walked out on you and your stepmother leaving you unable to pay rent and forcing you into a shelter...but how is this our problem?"

Dec. 31 2012 05:50 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I think this is the 1st time I've heard people actually from African countries talk about Africa as though it were all 1 country. I've known people from some countries in Africa where many, or at least some, people are doing better than the worst off in the US.

Dec. 31 2012 10:46 AM

Danielle - you're at least bilingual, right? Congo? Native French speaker? Lots of jobs/gigs right there that native Americans aren't qualified to do...

Dec. 31 2012 10:44 AM
Charlene from bridgeport, ct

My mother came to this country in the late 70s from Cape Verde when she was not even 16 yrs old. She had it real hard since came alone without her mother or father. She went from house to house until she met my dad and married him. Now 30+ yrs later my mom has two grown daughters, 3 grandchildren, paying her mortgage and her and my dad are in the midst of building their retirement home back in Cape Verde. My mom has told me stories how hard it was for her to be so far from what is normal for her without the support of her family, but she made it work. She work very hard to have the life she has now. That is the takeaway for me, she MADE her American Dream happen. My advice for Danielle is to study hard and make something of herself and she can one day call back home and tell them the truth that she is in fact doing well.

Dec. 31 2012 10:40 AM

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