What are some quotes about Hazaras being denied an education and proper jobs in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini?I need quotes that show that Hazaras can't have normal jobs; they only have to...

What are some quotes about Hazaras being denied an education and proper jobs in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini?

I need quotes that show that Hazaras can't have normal jobs; they only have to work as servants. I currently have this one: "That Hassan would grow up illiterate like Ali the minute most Hazaras had been decided the minute he had been born..." (30). I need another one.

 

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For several centuries, the Pashtun majority had treated the Hazara population as second-class citizens, unworthy of an education or decent employment. When the Hazaras had tried to revolt against Pashtun rule a hundred years before, the ruling class had "quelled them with unspeakable violence... driven them from their lands, burned their homes, and sold their women." It was ethnic cleansing before the term had originated. Descended from the Moguls, most Hazara had "characteristic... Mongol features," and were considered no better than "mice-eating, flat-nosed, load-carrying donkeys." Many Pashtuns, like Assef and his parents, believe that the Hazaras "pollute our homeland... They dirty our blood." Assef believes that Hazaras should "rot in Hazarajat where they belong."

The crippled Ali would probably have never found a job had it not been for his close relationship with Baba. Hassan is denied an education because of his Hazara heritage, only learning to read and write as an adult after "he had befriended an old Farsi teacher in Bamiyan." While Amir attends school, Hassan "prepared my breakfast... made my bed, polished my shoes, ironed my outfit for the day..." The Hazaras are reduced to working as farmers or servants and, when the Taliban come to power, are allowed few possessions, and "the Taliban do not allow them to work." Hassan and his wife are both killed when the Taliban refuse to believe that the couple are working for Rahim Khan and living in Baba's old house as servants. Believed to be trespassers and not gainfully employed, they are murdered in the street. 

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