Hughes does not think this. He says, “O, let America be America again—The land that never has been yet—” (Hughes, 62-63). What Hughes means by this is that America has a reputation for being one of the best countries to live in because everyone is equal and free. Hughes is trying to get the message across that this is not the case. America is not at the perfect place, and never has been.
The United States of America has been built upon democratic ideals, and is the oldest democracy in the world. However, this does not mean American democracy, or any democracy, is without fault. The fundamental principle of democracy is universalism, it is meant to be inclusive and available to all groups of people. This means that in its truest form, democracy says race shouldn’t be a dividing factor of the system, yet it is apparent that it is. America prides itself on being a “melting pot” of cultures, with this comes a vast variety of identities, making it difficult to unite everyone under a common political system.
Not everyone has equal opportunities and that’s what makes being an American so special. Many Americans don’t even realize how blessed they are to live in a place as fortunate as we do. The question of what it is to be an American still lingers around and the best way to put it is that an American is a free and welcoming presence. The main factor that stands out in the word America is the fact that
In spite of the fact that the Declaration of Independence promises that “all men are created equal”, many Americans disagree on whether that promise is being kept or if it has been simply forgotten. Believing in that promise, many people see America as a melting pot, where everyone will be welcomed and able to acculturate to the United States; however, that is not always the reality due to many peoples’ lack of acceptance and abundant ways to prejudice minorities. In his article “Causes of Prejudice”, Vincent N. Parrillo, a professor of sociology at William Paterson University in New Jersey, author of multiple books, and writer and producer of two award-winning documentaries for PBS television, took upon reviewing some of the many theories
Nationalism is everyone and no one in America can see its effects. Pie states that American nationalism can be broken down into three different classes; political ideals, triumphant than aggrieved, and belief of being superior to other countries. Pie says that we are innocent aboard and the best example of American nationalism is the war of Vietnam and believing we are bigger, faster, stronger and will win. It is the way we view our power and how we push our ideals upon other countries and don’t receive hardly any
In today’s society think about what if equality was not a law and consider what if there was no one to fight for equality in America. If there was no such thing as equality then no race would be equal to another. Also everyone would be treated different and be discriminated by a certain group of race. Not having equality would change the country because there would be no way of life because a certain group would think something is right while another group would disagree with the group's beliefs. This would change history because the leaders would have not say or take action for what they believe in.
Freedom is something great that the United States of America has. Other countries don 't have freedom like we do. We have the right to vote, freedom of speech, and equality between men and women. I don 't know of anywhere else that have these same things. Yes we might have a president which is kinda like a king but then again not at all like a king or queen.
The idea that anyone can achieve anything if they work hard enough, regardless of their social class or background is a ridiculous notion. Whilst it is true that Gatsby did achieve immense wealth, he most certainly did not do this through honest means, and in the end, his shining light and guide, Daisy, rejected him. So it’s clear that some people can achieve some wealth and some success through hard work, this cannot be considered as universally true. The Great Gatsby has proven to be an
Racism is a good example of this. One side believes that their own race is better than another person’s or sees other races as inferior. Another side believes that all races should be treated equal because skin tone should not determine how people treat one another. Some do not even acknowledge that racism is a problem at all. All these conflicting views make it hard to come to a solution on how to fix the problem.
As far as progress goes the blatant practice of segregation is no longer upheld nor supported, the goal of an America where every race, every color, every individual is equal has been achieved. Wrong, as far as we are concerned it hasn’t been. We cannot
All men are created equal, but the colored were not given the equal rights to vote nor were they treated equally at that time. An unjust law is no law at all. Thus, why should the colored obey laws that were unjust? They had not only a legal and a moral responsibility to obey just laws, but a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. Undocumented immigrants today are carrying the torch of King.
It seems like Zin thinks society should become a more of a Hobbes society due to the reason of the American people being able to have equal rights. Zin states that the American Creed is based upon our natural rights and “that all men are created equal”. America has failed to live up to their beliefs over time, but has had movements of bringing people together in more recent times. Zins thinks that the American political system is every man for himself in having the rich become richer and the poor be poorer which resembles Hobbes ideology of man being basically evil unless the sovereignty helps teaches and changes society’s mind of evilness. America created a government to protect its people, but Zin argues that our founding fathers created
In the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson wrote “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men a created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuits of Happiness” (Jefferson). Everyone has the same rights as others, but the problem in this century is the lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender community (LGBT) does not have the equal rights as “straight” citizens do. Reasons why they may not have these equal rights is because of the government may be embarrassed to give these people their rights to be equal cause the government will lose the respect and strength of the other countries and theirs. Along with most the world’s population believes