Stephen Cruz Essay

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also was a good student and a fairly good athlete. He believed that you just tried to be whatever it is the system wanted of you (p. 327). He went into engineering for the money. He learned that you have to look for opportunity and add things up fast. He felt that when all the offers for jobs were coming in, it wasn't because of the Civil rights act of 1964. He thought that he was being offered all these jobs because he was good at what he did, and not because he was of Mexican decent. He tried hard to move up in his job, but he was constantly told to "stay in line," and he had to "get to know the business." He was the only Latino manager at Procter and Gamble. He was also the only one with a glass enclosed office. He He tried hard to move up to a higher position, but he felt like he wasn't going to get anywhere, so he left. At many of his jobs, he was told not to "rock the boat," to "stand in line," and to "get to know the business." He believed that working hard and knowing more than others wil get you into the "sphere." He soon realized that the American dream was not that working hard pays off, but that you must not be a failure in society, other wise, you have yet to achieve the "dream." He also realized that the "dream" is "governed not by education, opportunity, and hard work, but by power and fear. The higher up in the organization you go, the more you have to lose. The dream is not losing . This is the notion pervading America today : don't lose" (p.330). Two messages from Stephen Cruz's perspective about success, hard work, and race are that being a minority is right now a good thing because of the the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The author talks about havingn as much as fourteen job offers after he graduated from college and at that time he thought that it was because the companies thought that he was brilliant, but in reality it was because he was a

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