The Consequences Of The American Dream

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What is the American Dream? As Weber explains it’s the “basic belief that hard work and ability will pay off with personal success” (Weber 146). The American Dream, however, doesn’t acknowledge the years of inequality in our society. It makes it acceptable that even in one of the world’s most industrialized nations, that children still die from malnutrition. Only in America, can you drive ten minutes from a wealthy neighborhood to a poor community. Only in America is it acceptable to help other countries children for starvation when their own are dying after a major disaster like Katrina. If the American Dream was true and worked like it describes, no one in America would be unemployed because of their race. No one would be unable to attend …show more content…
The concept of the “American Dream” was invented by European-Americans who, through their oppression of others, flourished in their newly colonized land. During this colonization, minorities were denied white privileges and to control these groups whites invented ways to oppress them. The “American Dream” is a form of oppression imposed by white people to punish minorities who didn’t become rich or successful. By saying that America gives a chance to anyone to become successful, white people could continue their systematic oppression without slavery. The American Dream is a detrimental belief that holds true in the heart and minds of many people. It rewards white male privilege while punishing the poor and working class. The American Dream is built on a nation that garnered its success and flourished on the backs of minorities. White people historically gave themselves power and denied access of others into their hierarchy. It was only through the hard work of blacks, Mexicans, and other immigrants that the U.S. is what it is today. The American Dream is an impossible and rare achievement for the majority of Americans. Being a hard worker who desires success will not grant you access into the privileged. The American Dream is achieved through existing wealth and privilege. As Lorde describes the “master’s tools” allow brief change that may seem like …show more content…
However, in some rare circumstances, it is possible for someone to start from nothing and through hard work, determination, and the right opportunities be granted the American Dream. A major part of the Americana Dream includes moving up in socioeconomic status between generations. My father was raised by a single mother with three kids in Baltimore. My dad would tell me about his life growing up poor and times he would go hungry at school so his younger sister could eat. He joined the army to put himself through school and went on to get his masters and now works for NIH. My aunt, his sister, also joined the military and now is an army doctor who’s lived and traveled numerous countries. In all descriptions, they’ve fulfilled the American Dream. Although they didn’t immigrate here, they started from nothing and achieved a better life for them and their family; they are the rare case. While kids should strive to become better and set goals for themselves, expecting to become Bill Gates is unrealistic. They should also educate themselves on their racial, economic, and sexual

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