What the American Dream Means to Me
“However you want to define the American Dream, there is not much of it that is left anymore”, says Thomas in his essay “Is the American Dream Really Over.” Thomas is saying that the American Dream, given the state of the current economy, is a false hope. The American Dream is a deceiving idea instilled in our mind by individuals possessing control over resources in the United States, which lends permission to blame individuals for their own position in society. Most people view the American Dream as having the ability and opportunity to become whatever he or she desires to be. Living the “American Dream” would provide a stress free life and financial stability. Thirty years ago, more people believed in the American Dream, but today, most people realize that this is a fantasy, not a reality. On the Daily Circuit radio show Ford stated that “Only 1 out of 5 Americans will be more successful (financially) then their parents.” On the same radio show they did a survey between 18-34 year olds and asked them if they thought they would achieve the American Dream in their lifetime, and three-fourths of the people surveyed believed they would. This shows that most people are optimistic when they look at the American Dream, but I think the results would be very different if these same individuals were surveyed ten years from now. Many adults living in poor neighborhoods understand that the idea of the American Dream is phony, because they have worked hard and are still in the same place they started. People of power in the United States have made us believe that if people are living in poverty, it must be because they are lazy and didn’t work hard enough. Not everyone is provided the same opportunities, especially within education. Many students of minorities attend failing schools without proper resources, and without a good education, the American Dream is completely unattainable. The quality of education for many children who don’t...
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