Many Americans traveled great distances, suffered great hardships, and even gave up their lives to create and preserve something called “The American Dream.” For some, it means financial security and success. For others, it means equality and religious freedom. The thing about the American Dream is that it can also be universal and personal. I fear, however, that as time has passed, American has lost sight of the true ideals accepted in the American Dream, some seem to believe they should be clothed in the finest silk and own a house the size of Texas, others believe that our freedom of speech, basically grants us the right to cheapen others. The American Dream is rewarding those who are hard workers, who have qualities and skills, those people can always reach the top goals.
In I Have a Dream speech, “this note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would have unalienable rights”, said Martin. It is a dream of social stability in which each man and each woman shall be able to achieve the highest quality of which they are actually capable and be separated by others for what they are. No, the American Dream is not for everyone. There will always be those people that struggle to have some decency in their lives. No matter how hard they try. My perspective of the American Dream is going out and achieving what one believes is right for those. The way people pursue their life will vary. In my opinion, some characteristics of the American Dream include owning a decent two-story house, having a successful job, owning a car, and raising a successful family. My dad has achieved the American Dream, he grew up in an environment that shaped the way he is today. He was raised in an intelligent household, and that really reflects how intelligent he is, he has a job that he enjoys and is passionate about. He went through a damaging divorce, but it’s over and overall is a more content person. It doesn’t matter what happened in the past, what matters are that he is happy with his life currently.
Obstacles are what is keeping the part of the population from having the American Dream. One of the biggest ones it seems to be is racism, and it seems like a problem that we can’t get rid of. People are denied the required things for the American Dream simply because of their ethnicity. My American dream includes having a good job, lots of money, spare time for my family and I, and most importantly, healthiness. It seems that so often the subject of economic standing and wealth, are said fairly. It seems that it takes money to be happy and economic stature to be accepted, however, many people who fall into this trap out of ignorance will never achieve in the dream. To me, the dream is not just a dollar sign or desk name tag at work, but the ability to walk into a room or a home, and know your presence is welcomed and looked forward to. The dream is realizing that we have the basics to make a proper difference. It’s a goal for the majority of people who live in the realms of the Americanized world.
I believe that the American Dream should be accessible for everyone, but will never be. This world is full of awful people who will do anything to put another race down, or another gender down. The chances of everyone living an American Dream are low. But what is the American Dream anyway? The American Dream is being free. It’s being able to choose what you want to be, what you want to do. Yes, those options are available to a lot of people who don’t live in America, but America is where this dream started.
When the eastside of America was colonized, the colonizers realized they didn’t want to be ruled by a king. They fought a war to become independent, and when they won they worked their way to comfort. Eventually, racism and sexism decreased, giving rights to both people of color and women. Since then, people have been working towards this American Dream, where they can settle down and live a humble, calm life. Jefferson also wrote…” all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Martin Luther King’s American dream is to have equality for everyone. In his, I have a Dream speech he said, “we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free.” I truly believe that when people go to jail or prison, they never get an equal chance to recover because of the negative views people have on people that have committed a crime. I know that people can change, but they don’t get a fair opportunity, so they don’t get to live out their American Dream. For example, my mom has lived the American Dream because she has a family and she can support her kids. I feel like she has been very lucky to be able to have the American Dream because she hasn’t experienced many of the limiting factors. That is my view on the American Dream.
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