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Ruy Santos on being African and coming to America

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Ruy Santos feels as if he can die now.

Having grown up in one of the poorest nations of the world--Mozambique--his recent trip to America was a "lifelong dream." As the founder of Plataforma Makobo and one of the principals at Mezimbite Forest Centre, Ruy reflects on his first trip to America; comments on attitudes towards race and opportunity in the US;  the segregation, oppression and poverty within Sub-Saharan Africa; and the journey towards individual and collective opportunity. 

"This is a trip of victory for me," he said of his first trip to the United States. "I was born in the North [of Mozambique] which is the poor side of the country on an island. For you to have access to these types of opportunities, you normally have to be a part of the government or have a related family member to a government official. For me [I didn't have that]. I'm a poor guy and I made it! People, look at me and try to do better."

In the 33rd episode of SRO Conversations, Ruy inspires with his speech and point of view:  "My brothers, this is a very long walk…I know it's a very long walk, but it's possible. We can make the change. We can." 

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