Essay on Prejudice Destroyed the American Dream

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Years ago, the United States of America was the prime example of prosperity and opportunity. In recent years, in the worst recession since the Great Depression, unemployment and interest rates have skyrocketed. The “American Dream” is an idea that was once a commonly accepted ideology in this country. It has since become only a fallacy. The “American Dream” is no longer an attainable idea, only a fantasy. The “American Dream” is not a true dream that will ever be equally attainable by everyone. The American dream is the general belief that American Citizens all have an equal opportunity to succeed socially and economically, regardless of any predating circumstances. This idea has been accepted as possible by the majority of citizens in…show more content…
This fact is validated by the fact that according the United States Census Bureau, a racial minority earns less, regardless of education level achieved, than their white counterpart (Stoops 7). One very clear example of a racial inequality imbued in the system is the fact that a poor white citizen has more than twice the chance to escape poverty as a poor African-American does (Hertz i). In Dan Rathers’ retelling, Vietnamese Immigrant and millionaire Trung Dung is quoted saying “There is never a lack of opportunity. That’s what I love about this country. So many opportunities. (Rather 54)” Proponents of the American Dream will use this quote to prove that if an immigrant can achieve this kind of success, then everyone can and the American Dream is real. While Trung Dung may have succeeded in the economic system of America, the odds were against his success as the American systems are biased toward Caucasians. Gender is important in the chance of success as well. Males make more than females with the same level of education (Stoops 7). Females, on average only earn about 77% of what a man earns for doing the same job, according to the United States Census Bureau (United States). This goes against the American Dream, as everyone should have an equal chance, disregarding race, if it were alive. Social class is a very important factor proving everyone does not have an equal chance to become successful. The American Dream idea
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