What Is The American Dream In The American Dream?

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What does it mean to be black in America? Does the American dream apply to blacks or is the system structured against that? African Americans in the U.S from a very young age are taught and learn that they are different from their white counter parts. This in turn can go heavily affect how they go about their adult lives and what avenues they pursue and what their definition of American is to them. Now wither that definition is positive of negative is irrelevant it’s just the context that their definition can vastly differ from whites and then even more dived amongst other blacks. From a very young age blacks are exposed to a type of “systematic racism” to let them know that they’re are different than everybody else under the eyes of America. This can be accomplished with programs like affirmative action and with kids having technology so early now a day they are exposed to many things from a young age now. In 2015 there is an ignorant notion that the world is getting worse which is not the…show more content…
A good example of which to use in the American dream, the pursuit of happiness in the land of opportunity or at least that’s what we’re told it is in school. To see an example of a difference of opinion on the American dream between to blacks, let’s look at Ms. Leonard and myself. Ms. Leonard and I had vastly different childhoods in terms of “racism”. The American dream in my eyes is to be able to make it to pursue your dreams not matter what barrios society has set up. Ms. Leonard answered, “The American dream to me is working twice has hard as my oppressors to show we are on equal footing” (Natea Leonard. Personal Interview. 8 November 2015). While our answers may seem similar, Ms. Leonard’s is extremely more pessimistic than mine and this can be related to her experience she had as a child and the chip she now has on shoulder growing up black in
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