The Declaration served a major purpose. "It articulates the fundamental ideas that form the American nation: All men are created free and equal and possess the same inherent, natural rights" ("The Declaration of Independence"). Even back in 1776, Americans knew they wanted The United States to be something different by including the idea of an American Dream where everyone would be given the same chances for success. Knowing that the vision of the American Dream started over two hundred years ago is an interesting concept to grasp. The dream was there from the
This notion has been backed by this country’s core values since its conception. Dreams turn into realities through the hard work and time spent in making them come true, American’s have always been known to have this mentality and mindset, which leads us to become successful as individuals, communities, and as a nation. “A national dream need not, indeed may not be clear-cut and exact. For Americans to the wide and general dream has a name. It is called “the American Way of Life.” No one can define it or point to any one person or group who lives it, but it is very real nevertheless, perhaps more real than that equally remote dream the Russians call Communism”.
When children are placed in difficult situations, they have to grow up faster and take on more responsibility for themselves and for others. One thing that contributes heavily to these difficult situations is racism. Today, black children and children from other minorities often face prejudices against them, but historically speaking, the US is not unfamiliar with racial conflict, which made it hard for black children to just be kids. Mildred Taylor explored this idea in her book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, which tells the story of the Logan family, a poorer black family with four children and a father who has left to find work, trying to make ends meet in a white dominated world, through the eyes of an eight-year-old girl, Cassie. Through conflict, setting, symbolism, and point of view, Taylor shows that children are forced to grow up faster when they live in difficult situations, and that the existence of racism contributes to this.
In Black Wealth, White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality, authors Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro discuss the battle of racial inequality and the drastic differences between the white and black communities in terms of wealth. There are enormous differences in wealth between black and white families financially, in spite of the fact that black and white Americans are capable of doing the same work. “In service jobs, non blacks are preferred over blacks, particularly black men, a preference that contributes to the low wages blacks earn, to high rates of joblessness, and thus to earnings inequality” (Oliver 37). Black Americans are not offered equal job opportunities because no one wants to see the success they are capable of. Progress has been made in the fight for racial equality, but there is so much more work to be
The world as a whole has to work together to bring to light the problem of racial profiling. It is time people become more aware of the harm caused by racial profiling and pass laws to make racial profiling illegal. One word for how racial profiling transformed me into who I am would be “cautious.” I believe when you are too hot to handle, people will always be afraid of getting burned. Due to racial profiling, it has made me limit my flame for those who seek to extinguish it. Because I am a black female, I already have
He was also a great supporter in creating a constitution for America. He retired feeling convinced that America independence was secured. He was a powerful leader for our nation and without him I am not sure we would have such a powerful nation. He mad some key decision when it came to making the constitution. He had faith in having America become a free nation and he never gave up on that dream.
The African Americans who suffered so much are largely the reason why America is so economically successful today. There is no way to change the past and sometimes it should not be changed. The Great Migration, the Indian Removal Act, and slavery are all a large part in America’s success today. The only way America can make up for the past is by acknowledging the wrongdoings committed by its ancestors and by supporting the minorities that may struggle to this
The sentence I have just written is a cliché, a platitude. But it is because of that banality that the famous line from our Declaration of Independence has been such an effective weapon (if not a shield) for oppressed people in this country. It is a generally accepted statement. Its truth and validity are not disputed. It was written into American lore by our Founding Fathers as part of the document and movement that created our nation.
Now there is big talk about violence against black people. Stories on the news and Facebook shows people, such as police officers, hurting innocent black people. The suggestion has been made for parents to talk to their children about racial segregation and the history of the civil rights movement. Teaching children at a young age the history of all the racial differences that happened in the past would help change the child's perspective on how they would view another person of a different race. When telling children about the Great Depression, slavery, and the civil rights movement, parents should explain the events that happened between the white and black people.
The nine kids involved in the Scottsboro trials were greatly affected by racism during their lives. At the end of the Scottsboro trials, American history was definitely changed, some for the worst and some for the better. Americans were changed by the trial as it heightened emotions. The trial united the two races in the North to fight and free the Scottsboro Boys from Southern persecution. Their famous slogan for their campaign was "Black and white unite and fight."