Pursuing The American Dream

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The American Dream We as American’s have the right afforded to us through the perseverance of our fore fathers to pursue the American Dream. In my opinion the American Dream is the right to choose. Choose anything and everything that has to do with me. I take for granted that I will be treated equally and fairly no matter my choices in life. Whether I was born on this soil or migrated here I have the right to the pursuit of happiness. And never have I worried about freedom. I am living the American Dream. As great as all that sounds this is not the reality faced by some Americans. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s American Dream was for all people to be created equal. In his infamous speech, “I Have a Dream”, he addresses a nation resistant of…show more content…
King wrote and spoke about enveloped many layers. He, through words not violence, was able to attack every aspect of disjointed civil rights blatantly exploited and move a nation to try to correct the wrong. It saddened him greatly he was not able to change the core problem. The American Psychological Association released a re-reading of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s powerful address, “The Role of the Behavioral Scientist in the Civil Right Movement” in which he addressed the nation’s social scientists in a plea for help in changing a society poisoned by racism. Dr. King states, “There was also little depth to the changes. White America stopped murder, but that is not the same thing as ordaining brotherhood; nor is the ending of the lynch rule the same thing as inaugurating justice” (King’s Challenge par. 7). Laws can be rewritten but until the heart and soul is changed, equality will not be achieved and his American Dream will…show more content…
The lesson learned here is each child is in control of his or her destiny. However, they may still feel enslaved by the broken social structure they too must react to the reality they have an equal right to pursue happiness which is the American Dream. The American dream as depicted in Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus” enlightens the reader to an immigrant’s perspective. The statue of liberty beckons with the promise of the American Dream. They come from lands where they have been stripped of their riches and rights. Their American Dream is to be able to keep their heritage and religion without the fear of persecution. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” (Lazarus 10-11). With the promise of safe harbor these people too are Free at Last! While the theme of the American Dream is freedom and the pursuit of happiness, not everyone is treated equal in our country. Until society changes their heart, people of different races and religions will be treated unequal. As individuals we are responsible to make the change and pay it forward uniting all mankind regardless of anything and
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