The American Dream By Christopher Columbus

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“Only in America can someone start with nothing and achieve the American Dream. That 's the greatness of this country,” said Rafael Cruz. The American Dream is a national philosophy of the United States, which includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. However, Americans have seemed to provide its own barriers through racial discrimination and cultural ignorance. The true American is represented by the people of the world, including the original Americans and the people who come to this country with only the clothes on their backs. Native-born Americans in 2015 seem to be unaware of the beauty of different cultures, and how their values are crippling their own society. Once he had arrived upon the sandy beaches of the New World in 1492, Christopher Columbus had mentioned that the Native Americans would be excellent slaves. Columbus ironically called these natives Indians, accidently suggesting the metaphorical idea that these people did not even belong to their homeland. The Native Americans are a victim of European greed and disease, with the American Holocaust reducing the indigenous population of the Western Hemisphere from 1.8 million at the arrival of Columbus to around 50 million towards the end of the 19th century. Integrated communities were forced into slavery, exploited for the personal gain of foreigners and replaced with African
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