Is the American Dream a Fraud?
I was raised in Boston, Massachusetts; Latino parents and background. Everyone always talks about “the land of the free” and the place where you receive all the opportunities you’ll want. At least that’s what I was taught, but honestly what is the American Dream? Is it really that place where everything is pitch perfect and everyone gets equal opportunities with the same rights? Throughout my childhood, I saw how my parents worked long hours during the day and weekends and even overtimes in order to provide for themselves and my family, and all for just a lousy check. Yes, you have to work your hardest to get to where you want, but what about those who simply don’t have the resources to even get an education? The education system in the United States is probably the worst system there is. It depends on your town. Basically, if you live in the city, whether it’s a house, projects, housing or a condo your child is only able to attend the list of schools in that area. What’s the problem with that? Well, sadly, the government and teachers simply do not do enough to get those kids to better themselves and most can’t afford to pay for clothing, therefore they must attend what they’ve got on the table-the leftover schools with the lowest test scores. Those children grow up, fall behind, some drop out and some graduate. But that’s not the thing-altough you can graduate there is only a 10% chance you’ll get into a well known college unless you’re over the top or you have the money. Now, enough about the kids and the awful schooling system. Let’s go back to the American Dream and its components. Minorities. And by minorities I don’t only refer to Blacks and Latinos I mean Caucasians and Asians who because of their income are considered the end of a cereal box. There were Latinos and other undocumented race ethnicities that had arrived to the United States with the hope to receive better opportunities, jobs and a brighter future for their kids-little did they know they had to settle for whatever there was. On my father’s side of the family (Dominicans) there were members who were going through the process of naturalizing their citizenship or were living with residencies or simply illegally. They would have to work about 15 hours a day to receive half of the paycheck a maintenance janitor would receive working 8 hours a day. That’s not the sad part about it though, the sad part is that they were OK with that, they felt content and felt they couldn’t ammount to anything more. The American Dream is based upon getting your home, career, job and family and being able to support that family 100%. But the government has been potraying a false image on dreams for those who would settle simply because they are known to be failures. The American Dream isn’t something honorable, it’s a business. It’s sad to frown upon our nation and realize that it isn’t all colors and rainbows as they picture it. The American Dream is a false image for those outside who are invited to come and work those jobs that the elite doesn’t want to. Look at it this way, the only ones who actually mention the words “American Dream” aren’t even Americans, they are foreginers believeing in some ideology that leads them to work all day everyday for the rest of their lives. The saying “you can be anything your heart sets..” is a lie. In order for there to be winners, there must be losers-and the winning ranks about 1%. Those who can attend universities if they achieve a high SAT score and a 4.0 gpa is unrealistic unless you can afford $150,000 per year. To end this brief explination of what I think the American Dream is in its definition to the United States, in the end, a dream, an American Dream, An African Dream, A Jewish Dream, whatever-it’s YOUR dream; not what others claim it to be. The American Dream is an individual dream, and you are responsible for it.