A Closer Look At The Land Of Opportunity Essay

824 Words Nov 9th, 2016 4 Pages
A Closer Look at the Land of Opportunity President Barack Obama uplifted the moral of people across the nation when he spoke at the College Opportunity Summit: “Now, as a nation, we don 't promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That 's an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up” (par 20). Obama’s speech struck the hearts of many Americans and reminded them what America stands for. Sadly, America is struggling to keep equal opportunity alive. In his article, “Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth,” Joseph E. Stiglitz effectively argues that America does not hold as much opportunity as it claims to have by utilizing sufficient statistical data, definitions and expert opinions.
Stiglitz defines equal opportunity by using a quote from President Barack Obama. He quotes, “We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God, but also our own” (1). Stiglitz carefully chose this quote because it relates back to the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence is common ground that every American can agree upon. Therefore, the audience is inclined to agree with Stiglitz’s definition of equal opportunity.…

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