What Are The Implications Of The Significant Differences

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What are the implications of the significant differences between opportunity and outcome? As defined opportunity is a set of circumstances that make it possible to do something while outcome on the other hand is the way something turns out as a direct consequence. Author Wendy Brown of “Undoing the Demons” argues this very concept in chapter five titled “Law and Legal Reason”. On July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence best known as the document containing what is considered to be "the most potent and consequential words in American history" (Ellis, 2008) in reference to Thomas Jefferson’s “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their…show more content…
As a result African Americans were denied access to restaurants, hotels, buses and other accommodations which lasted deep into the 20th century and was finally ended in the 1960’s. The doctrine is another clear example of how equality as a concept can easily be manipulated to create opposing paths and outcomes for individuals and groups of people. In this particular case African Americans were targeted, however there are instances in which the manipulation of concepts of equality, opportunity and rights is even more prevailing. Founded in the Declaration of Independence, the American Dream has long been around as a concept that merges a series of democratic principles such as liberty, opportunity, rights and equality promoting the idea and incentivizing Americans to work hard and strive to achieve upward mobility and prosperity. American writer and historian James Truslow Adams describes the American Dream as follows "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.” (Adams, 1931). Over time the concept became deeply ingrained into society and culture

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