My research topic for the rest of the semester revolves around the controversies around the realization of the American dream. That is a phrase that has been for so long imprinted in our heads as students, as teachers, in the heads of every member of this society. It has been repeated over and over again that it has become a general empty term used to generalize where we want to be as a nation. It is often heard when elections are near and on every other occasion especially where the struggling members of this community are. My argument here my classmates is that the American dream is a complete brainwash both figuratively and what the custodians of the phrase have done so far to make it a reality.
The American dream is nothing but a misapprehension. According to the American dream, life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to the ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstance of birth. This is an irony of sorts considering 15% poverty rate which only include the Latinos, African Americans, and Native Americans, transgender and persons with disabilities and 80% gender wage gap.
There are a lot of occurrences today that make me rethink if we have ever made a step towards the realization of the American dream or it has been a mere stunt of rhetoric and crowd-pleasing statement. The racial offenses today are more evident than they were ten years ago. This is a very relevant example as this monster affects even some of us here in school and it goes on not addressed. When I talk about the American dream, it is holistic in the sense that it touches the economic and the social welfare of the American citizens.
We are all part of this society. The young people like us play a very important role in the future of this nation. We are soon transitioning into the working class composition of the nation and voters with a large say in government formations. It is, therefore, imperative that the argument is brought to your attention as soon as yesterday. Among the supportive facts are the increasing homelessness, unemployment percentage, racial discrimination, healthcare systems, proper housing, gender wage gap and discriminate taxation system.
I think this argument would attract the audience of scholars and decision-makers alike. It should attract the attention of the government officials, who double up as policy makers and enforcers, the general public, economists, activists and the general public. I think the naysayers are everywhere, particularly with regards to this issue. I may be termed as a pessimist or one with myopic vision, but I intend to carry this through every ear so that the message is driven home. The naysayers are the liberal-minded who believe things are the way they are because of a greater purpose, the individuals who don't believe in every action has reactions, the people who are fueled by short-lived thinking of luck.
In conclusion, the American dream is nothing but a fallacy is not just a narrative that is to be peddled to gain attention but an argument and in this case, argument integrated into research to address the real issues affecting the American people. The aim of this is to give true meaning to the American dream. ‘Meaning’ regarding knowing where we are as a country, where we ought to be and what we can do to make changes to the societal ills. Students like teachers and us alike have a great role to play in this.
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