A World of Opportunity Essay

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Segregation and oppression are two very large problems in society and always have been. Many believe the people who were oppressed by this discrimination, such as African Americans in the time of slavery and the civil rights movement, and immigrants who were looking for new opportunities by moving to the United States of America, were stuck, and could not escape from the adverse environments they were in. One man with the same opinion is James Loewen. He thinks that the social class that one is born into will be their social class when they die. He thinks that one’s destiny is decided for them. While Loewen writes in “The Land of Opportunity” that he believes “social class is the single most important variable in society…[f]rom womb to …show more content…
Segregation and oppression are two very large problems in society and always have been. Many believe the people who were oppressed by this discrimination, such as African Americans in the time of slavery and the civil rights movement, and immigrants who were looking for new opportunities by moving to the United States of America, were stuck, and could not escape from the adverse environments they were in. One man with the same opinion is James Loewen. He thinks that the social class that one is born into will be their social class when they die. He thinks that one’s destiny is decided for them. While Loewen writes in “The Land of Opportunity” that he believes “social class is the single most important variable in society…[f]rom womb to tomb, it correlates with almost all other social characteristics of people we can measure” (203), there is an abundance of evidence pointing towards the opposite. It is possible to break free from what is expected of one through perseverance and the drive to self-educate, just like Frederick Douglass accomplished in “Learning to Read and Write”.
It takes hard work and education to achieve independence. Education alone is not effective without effort and perseverance done to achieve freedom from maltreatment. Evidence of this can be taken from Frederick Douglass’ “Learning to Read and Write”. In this article, Douglass explains how education freed him from the bonds of slavery, but not without him working exceptionally hard to achieve the
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