Limits of the American Dream and Racism behind the Facade of Color-Blind America

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Limits of the American Dream and Racism behind the Façade of Color-Blind America While the United States is a great country in terms of being home to so many nationalities, races, cultures, and religions, its greatness is often exaggerated through the perpetuation of myths and false assumptions. One of the myths that those who pursue the American Dream often believe is the idea that the United States is a color-blind society where anyone can achieve the dream regardless of one's race, color, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. It is true that hard work and persistence to the dream will eventually pay off, but what is missing from the general understanding of the American Dream is that the idea of color-blindness is just a façade behind which one can see the ugly face of racism. This becomes clear to many ethnic Americans a long list of hyphenated "Americans" such as Asian-Americans, Afro-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Indian-Americans, Arab-Americans, and "put any nationality here"-Americans who, as they grow up in America, find out about the pervasive racism that is hidden behind the façade of color-blindness. As the stories of Jeremiah Torres and Matthew Noerper demonstrate in "Label Us Angry" and "A Little Too Asian and Not Enough White," in America there is an illusion of color-blindness, while the ugly face of racism may resurface at any moment. Jeremiah Torres was an ordinary Filipino American who grew up in America, believing that the society he was growing up

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