Soon thereafter came the collapse of white colonialism. That minorities sought to improve their position within their society is not what concerns Mr. Schlesinger, however. In discussing this "unprecedented ... ethnic upsurge", he asserts that what "began as a protest against the Anglocentric culture ... became a cult, and today it threatens to become a counter-revolution against the original theory of America as "one people," a common culture, a
Has Affirmative Action Outlived Its Usefulness? Summary: The issue of equality is paramount in a country like America. The most commonly known phrase from the declaration of independence is “All men are created equal”. The text calls on French social philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville to conclude that equality of condition is an essential ingredient to American democracy. This “equality of condition” hasn’t always and in many ways still doesn’t exist for women, African-Americans, Native Americans, other racial minorities, and likewise for those in disadvantaged social classes.
Response to Bulosan, Roth and Erdrich It is impossible to define what it means to be “American” in one simple term. America is sometimes said to be the land of opportunity, the land of freedom, a place where everyone is free to live without judgment or persecution. Many have found that this assumption about America is incorrect. Many have found that America is littered with struggles and hypocrisy. Maybe what it really means to be an “American” is to accept the fact that America is a country full of contradictions and ironies, and instead of chasing perfection, one must simply accept the good with the bad.
Equality Opportunity’ in that the burdens of racism can only be overcome by taking race into account. Affirmative action also aims to reflect the racial diversity of the nation, the ‘Equality of Results’, within schools, the firm and the workplace. Despite being mainly supported by Democrats, and rejected by Republicans President Nixon played a significant role in affirmative action by instituting ‘set aside’ policies to reserve a certain percentage for minorities. The main advantage of affirmative action is that is leads to a greater diversity in societies main institutions, arguably this would not be achieved had things been left as they were. It is also argued on the basis of righting those previously wronged, by opening areas of education and employment that would not have previously been available to minorities.
Long, long ago throughout Europe and parts of Asia, Communism was thought to be an excellent way of life. Maybe it was too much of a Utopian thought to actually follow through with. In Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” he says, “If I lived in a *Communist country today where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are *suppressed, I believe I would openly *advocate *disobeying these anti-religious laws.” I strongly believe that Doctor King not only brought up Communism because of Hitler’s Germany in the nineteen forties, but also because Communism was thought up to be as every single person were to be equal. There would be no such thing as social classes, or rich and poor, or black or white; everyone would be equal.
Their effectiveness is due to how the examples display our, America’s, usage of Christian beliefs compared to what the actual beliefs say. His most effective example would have to be when he describes how America breaks one of the Ten Commandments themselves. It is true we are a nation that still permits the death penalty. However, the irony he displays sets it apart from the others because the sixth commandment itself says “Thou Shall Not Kill.” Not only that, his perspective of how we say we are Christian is also good for his argument. One negative aspect to his essay would have to be his bias toward conservatives and the rich.
“Repaired and Modern” The author of the article “Broken and Obsolete,” Fareed Zakaria, believes that due to the divide in the beliefs of Republicans and Democrats coupled with the poor immigration laws currently in the US, the present immigration status will remain as it is, as he states “broken.” The author gives a few reasons for this belief coupled with examples, like the idea that other countries have been transforming themselves into immigrant societies, adopting many of America's best ideas and even improving on them, and as a result the U.S. is not as exceptional as it once was, and its immigration advantage is lessening. However, overall his claims are wrong because the supporting evidence behind the comparisons that he makes are
This way of thinking was totally different from that of England who was a monarchy even up to now. Americans going a different and bold direction with the well established Constitution made sure that this Constitution was monarchy hostile. An example will be the title of nobility, which states that the title of nobility usually leads to inequality among people even though there is no such thing as equality but the theory was still created a government where under the circumstances people are treated equal. Therefore, the main reason the Constitution was dedicated to the idea and goal of equality. In other to discourage monarchy and reinforce the American idea, our founding fathers came up with the three branches of government where they would each have certain role to fulfill, share power which will allow them to oversee each other.
American is a land of happiness. But, America is a land of inequality. Founded on justice, liberty, and equivalence, this great nation now denies citizens basic civil rights. The United States has a controversial past filled with stories of injustice, hate, and prejudice, but it has overcome these setbacks to lead the nation into a brighter future. From the emancipation of slaves to the civil rights movement, America has stepped onto the path of equality for every citizen.
Kurt expresses that “In the year of 2081, everybody was finally equal. They weren’t on equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else.