Essay on The American Dream By The United States

1156 Words Dec 11th, 2016 5 Pages
In the United States, there is the belief that an individual, no matter who they are or where they come from, has the ability to succeed as long as they work hard for what they want to achieve. This belief is known as “The American Dream”. Despite “The American Dream” being a hegemonic belief, in reality it is not true. Within the United States there are systems that uphold inequality. These systems of inequality make it difficult for certain groups of people to achieve the so-called “American Dream” no matter their abilities. Race/ethnicity is a category of difference that greatly effects one’s position in society in the United States, especially for persons of color and even more specifically for people of Black or African American descent. Blacks/African Americans often lie at the bottom of the power structure in the United States in relation to other racial and ethnic groups. Their low-lying position in the power structure can be attributed to the fact that there are social forces and institutions that perpetuate inequality, demonstrating the lack of control that people have over their own lives. One of the largest social forces that impacts the positon of Blacks/African Americans in American society is education. Within the social institution of education, people of African American descent are more likely to have less educational opportunities. The disparities that African Americans face in terms of educational outcomes can be partially attributed to segregation as…

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