A Slap In The Face
Rumu DasGupta is not a U.S. citizen, but she is an American in her mind.DasGupta may be an American in her mind, but she certainly is not in ours. She is a smug college professor that has lived a privileged life in the United States, wrapped in the cocoon of academia.
"I'm not a citizen, but in many ways I grew up in this place," DasGupta, who now lives in Freehold Township [New Jersey], says in one of the classrooms at Georgian Court University, where she chairs the sociology department. "When I came to this place, I was 20 years old."
DasGupta, now 54, still has not decided whether to formally pledge her allegiance to this country.
To abandon her heritage and become a citizen of the United States is a difficult proposition — especially for a political activist who protests what she believes is government abuse.
"I have very strong feelings about being identified with the United States, especially because I feel so strongly American foreign policy is destroying the rest of the world," she says. "It is not an easy decision."
Why would she want to live in a country that is “destroying the world”? She should be encouraged to move, either back to her country of origin or to one that better reflects her values. We'll even help her pack.