Human Dignity In The American Dream

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As a result of these actions, the concept of human dignity arises, which is clearly lacking as blacks do not receive any degree of respect from whites. Though with an achieved American dream, blacks will have their intrinsic rights respected, valued and receive ethical treatment from whites. Moreover, Martin Luther King in his speech says “ We cannot be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by a sign stating: ‘For Whites Only’ ” , this denotes that the American dream is incomplete without human dignity. Therefore, it is crucial for everyone to realise their American dream and work towards achieving it. Moving on, Mama continues to give Cassie a lesson and somehow informs Cassie that the American dream is what they should strive to achieve. For, she says “…we have no choice of what colour we are born or who our parents are or whether we are rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we are here…And I pray to God that you will make the best of yours” . This also implies that Mama wishes that Cassie will live a prosperous and successful life hence achieve her American dream as it is explained by James Truslow. Additionally, Cassie and her three brothers (Stacey, Christopher-John and Little Man), all of school-going age are not very keen of their school going. There is practically nothing that attracts and motivates them, for some reason because their daily journey to school is
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