I’m not here to argue whether there is poverty in America or not, but to tell you that there happens to be people out there who struggle. Sure American Citizens are better off than others in foreign countries, but some Americans fight the same battle as the others. The struggle to achieve the “American Dream” is very hard and not many get the opportunity to live it. Many low-income families who seek the same goal of getting out of poverty never manage to get out. It sounds bad, but not many may go to college due to money being tight and thus they work a minimum paying job and live in the cheapest housing affordable.
One can be successful, have freedom, and be happy, and fulfill their version of the American Dream. Keeping up with the Joneses is still part of our everyday life. Some of us may take it to further extremes than others, but there will always be the desire to have something better than everyone else. Society today tells us that we should have the best of everything and if we don’t, we are part of a lower class of people. We are sucked in by these beliefs because we as Americans do not want to be shown up, and want to be part of the higher class.
No matter how hard they tried to find better jobs, they just couldn’t push through. Another benefit that the poor have to offer the world is that poverty creates jobs for a number of occupations that protect the rest of society from them. Without the poor, the police force would be minuscule. Also, the poor buy goods others do not want. This helps the economy immensely because these products would eventually just be thrown out if the poor didn’t purchase them.
Even those who were highly educated and skilled were being refused a job. Living in a black neighborhood was a like a domino effect. Blacks weren’t allowed to have jobs because they were judged by their skin color, which can lead to them stealing and becoming criminals and eventually poverty occurs in the neighborhood which was highly exaggerated by everyone. The city is complaining of the “Negro problems” while contradicting themselves at the same
The United States has an unfortunate history of racism and discrimination. Ever since slaves were brought to America from Africa, African-Americans have been treated poorly and discriminated against. Many of these people lacked opportunity and education because it was denied to them. The Great Migration saw many African-Americans travel from the South of the U.S. to the North in search of opportunity and an escape from poverty. Great leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. fought against racism and discrimination.
It is hard to see someone as your “equal” when for hundreds of years you were their opposite. In modern day black society, blacks are for the most part united, and consider themselves as as community, or family. They are so mentally enslaved to the point where they don’t want to associate with other races besides their own, unless needed to. This mindset causes blacks to feel as if they are constantly targeted and looked down upon, due to them always being at the bottom of the social ladder. Another example of modern day resentment between blacks and whites ... ... middle of paper ... ...k are so mentally enslaved in believing that being black is bad that they have decided to hide and abandon their heritage.
The real cost is their lives. The real cost is giving up their free time to work for material items they do not really need. The cost is giving up on other dreams they may have because they will not be profitable or fit into the standards of America. Parents give up value time with their children to make sure they are on the best sport team, best band or choir, the best of whatever they may want their child in. It is not only the parents paying for this but the children.
This idea is that talented people are more successful than even people with money and privileges. This idea projects that people get what they want in life just because of individual characteristics and attributes. The reality is that this is not true because people get better in life because of their class privileges and wealth. The myth is the American dream that if a person juts works hard enough they will make it in life and get the resources they want to live a good life. It is to say that if a person does the right thing at the right time then they will achieve high success.
“Black people are weakened by their own distrust and jealousies of each other by our factionalism and feuding"(Natanson ,1992, p. 56). Black people today are no better politically, economicly, or socially than they were before despite the numerous efforts that they have made. Problems with social equity existed in the preceding years with African American. More than two blacks were prohibited to congregate at on time because there were laws that hindered it. Also there were Jim Crow laws that were very oppressive to the African American community.
So many people have stopped putting their trust into “the American Dream” because they work so hard and did not reach what they had worked so hard for. To most Americans “the American Dream”, is to become wealthy and the ability to achieve everything if one works hard enough for it. For others it is not just about materialism. For them it is the dream of living a simple, happy life and being considered equal. "The American Dream" also is about America being the land of the free and the country of unlimited opportunities.