Essay about The Promise Of The American Dream

1246 Words Mar 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Charles B. Rangel had once said, “The promise of the American Dream requires that we are all provided an equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to our nation.” America has made great strides towards achieving the promise of equal opportunity the country was founded on. With the immense historical achievements of abolishing slavery, and eventually granting women and African Americans the same basic rights as their white male counterparts, discrimination appears to no longer present itself as an issue. However, those who claim racial and gender discrimination are no longer a problem in the United States are sadly mistaken. America has come closer to becoming a land of equal opportunity for all, but racism and sexism still cause an issue. This issue makes climbing the social ladder a difficult feat for those who face society’s oppression. The discrimination of gender and race both fall onto women of color, giving them much more difficulty in being socially mobile than white and/or male individuals. One factor that women of color face that causes difficulty in climbing the social ladder is racial discrimination. Many might argue that racism no longer exists in America. A survey conducted by MTV showed that “a majority of those surveyed, who range in age from 14 to 24, agree that ‘having a black president demonstrates that racial minorities have the same opportunities as white people.’ Among young white people, the figure was 64 percent, and among young people of…

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