Ethnic Minorities Achieve The American Dream

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American Dream Essay Ethnic minorities have achieved the American dream to an extent. Democracy has been achieved since voting and registering is at its highest ever amongst ethnic groups and ethnic groups are also more represented in congress. Capitalism has been achieved since income has increased for all ethnic groups. Equality has been achieved since there has been an increase in graduation rates amongst ethnic groups. However, ethnic minorities are still under-represented in congress, whites still register and vote more than any other ethnic group and unemployment is high amongst minorities. Despite this, Asians are one group which achieve the American dream to a large extent. A key part of the American dream is democracy. This includes the right to political participation. Ethnic minorities are using this right to an extent since voting turnout rates increased between 2004-2008. For example, black turnout rate increased from 60% to 65% and Hispanic's increased from 47& to 49%. Political representation amongst ethnic group is also at its highest ever. Barack Obama, the USA's first minority president, was elected in 2008. Minorities are also more represented in congress than ever before with black representation increasing from 42 to 44 and Hispanic representation increasing from 28…show more content…
It could be argued that minorities have achieved equality since there are increasing graduation rates amongst all ethnic groups between 2001 and 2008. For example, black graduation increased from 78% to 80%, Hispanic increased from 57% to 60%. Asians remained at a constant 85%. Despite this, whites still have a higher graduation rate than blacks and Hispanics at 84%. In addition to this, blacks and Hispanics are more likely to be unemployed than whites and Asians. Black unemployment rate is 16, Hispanic's is 11, whites is 8 and Asians is 7. This indicates that the American dream has not been achieved by all ethnic
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