The American Dream

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Is the Sky Everyone’s Limit? Americans live, breathe and speak of the “land of opportunity” where no matter what the pigment your skin is, where no matter what your ethnic background is, and where no matter what religion you follow is, you can reach your dreams with some hard work. This world renown belief is called “The American Dream”, but is this just a comical statement? What is the American Dream? Just by typing in this phrase to the internet the response simply states that it is, “the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.” The American Dream is not to say that the dream of money and success is unattainable for certain people. Just more difficult for minorities than whites. This widely believed statement can be very easily be defined as false. For minorities are still being targeted by police, and in this, losing their right to vote. However, not only are the minorities being targeted by the police, but by workplaces and colleges as well. They unfairly lose their spots by the way their names roll of their tongues. It has been proven profusely that our economic system is in no way a level playing field. The birth of the phrase “American dream,” originated in 1931 by James Truslow Adams in his book, “The Epic of America” (Paula Davis-Laack J.D., M.A.P.P). Adams regards the American dream as: "It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of
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