Affirmative Action And The American Dream Essay

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“ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. This quote is a direct excerpt from the United States’ Declaration of Independence from Britain, which established principles of equality in America. The ideology that Americans were created equal and had the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” generated the American dream. According to the American dream, all United States citizens should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and affluence depending upon their work ethic. Though it once supported the success of United States citizens through hard work and dedication, the American dream no longer applies to all Americans and therefore is defective.
Some people may argue that the American dream is still alive because there are federal policies such as Affirmative Action that were instituted to provide all United States citizens with an equal opportunity to succeed. Affirmative action policies were indeed set in place in the United States as a way to assist historically excluded groups in achieving the American dream. Most of these policies focus on providing equal opportunities for these groups in the education and work fields. Many of the policies of affirmative action are beginning to become ineffective and ultimately void. Even with the existence of such promising policies, some…

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