Born Lucky or Born Trapped: Class and Equality in America

796 Words Jan 27th, 2018 3 Pages
But America is known as the “Land of the Free,” so how can these restrictions and burdens exist? Unfortunately, Americans are not as free as we think, because we are as equal as we think. Due to the class structure, most Americans can no longer reach the “American Dream.” The issue is a lot easier to notice than you may think, and it is easier than you may think to do something about it. Because change is already occurring within America, and it’s not too hard to add to it. So, the question is, what can you do?
Despite the evidence of equality, Americans still aren’t truly as equal as it would seem. People say that in America, legally everyone gets the same voting power in an election, and that we tell children in our society that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up. To a certain level, both of these things are true. An 18 year-old kid working for minimum wage at a cash register in a fast food joint gets one vote for his state senator, and a business executive from that fast food joint’s nearby corporate branch get’s one vote as well. The difference is that the business executive has money, which he can use to bribe the 18 year-old’s fellow employees to vote for a certain candidate, or to fund advertisements for that candidate, and “friends in high places” who can do the same. Anyone in the United States…

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