The American Dream : The Reality Of The American Dream

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Former President Barack Obama “Called for an America where no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is, no matter who you love, you can make it here if you try” (Kenworthy 1). Don’t we all wish it was that easy? As a matter of fact, the vision Barack Obama painted is exactly what's holding the majority of Americans from pursuing the American Dream for many generations. America the land of opportunity, where dreams ought to be reality is not so promising for many. With high hopes of concurring the American Dream, for most individuals and families is not possible because of circumstances they face. This has been an ongoing problematic dilemma for different ethnic and social groups in America for numerous years, even today. Brandon King, the author of “The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or on Hold”, claims that the American dream is “more alive and important than ever and that it is the key to climbing out of the great recession, overcoming inequality, and achieving true prosperity” (611). King proclaims that the American dream is a watered-down version of its old self and believes that people are no longer interested in going from rags-to-riches but instead, preferring a more stable, middle-class lifestyle, which allows them to save money for the future and have a secure employment (611). Indeed, King is right about the American dream being alive. In fact, research confirms that the American dream is alive, but it's limited to many due Discrimination, excessive barriers preventing the Dream from becoming reality and the lack of equality and opportunity for everyone. American born citizens and immigrants from around the world, see America as a place where dreams and hope of a better life are conceivable, but the harsh reality is they face roadblocks such as Discrimination while chasing the dream. Depending on one’s Race success is attain easier. Individuals who are White in America or of white descent, it is easier for them to achieve their aspirations; Than of someone who’s African- American or of a minority group. Research shows that “non-Hispanic white and Asian immigrants were likely to have more net worth than Black and Hispanic
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