We all have dreams. Some dream about buying quality cars.Others dream is going for a remarkable vacation while certain groups dream ofsecuring their chosen employment positions and big houses. The United States,the land of freedom, as well as opportunities, there seems to be one dream,which everyone struggles to achieve is dream. It is possible for the people inAmerica to have the opportunity to rise to the top of the social conditions,which might get true but from intelligence and hard work. It is much easier forcertain people to succeed than others in the United States based on the issueof social inequality.
It is not possible for all people who are born poor inthe United States have a fair shot at success. In thearticle of “Class of America – 2012” author Mantsios discussed about how doeseconomic classes work in America. “Myth 1: We are a middle-class nation.Despite some variation in economic status, most American have have achievedrelative affluence in what is widely recognized as a consumer society.”(Mantsios #379). This quote tells us a myth about us, that we are middle classpeople which are recognized as a consumer society. The Americans thatregardless of their social classes, there are all equal before the law orcritical needs such as education and healthcare.
It is true that everyone wantsto be successful. However, the glaring fact is that it is impossible to arriveat the desired level of success because of the social inequalities the UnitedStates.Different authors tend to have different observationsregarding barriers to the realization of success in United States. “Regardlessof age, household structure, education, occupation, or income, black familiestypically have less than a quarter of the wealth of otherwise comparable whitefamilies.
” (Aja Et Al. #418-419).” Wealth tends to play a critical role in therealization of the goals or targets of an individual within a society. The sonof a white people middle-class will be more likely to spend his money onuseless things, like every time new iPhone.
While, black people’s middle-classfamily’s son knows how to save money and use on useful thing. It is essentialto note that these individuals might have a high degree of social movement, butfail to show equality in the available opportunities. In “Framing Class,Vicarious Living, and Conspicuous Consumption,” Diana Kendall argued to theinfluence of the success. The article ties it to the racial or class issue,which is highly evident in the previous discussion.
“Class representations arefiltered through a number of frames, which are organized hierarchically(Kendall #424).” It is important to note that these class representations have separate influence on the achievement ofsuccess in the modern America. In the case of anAfrican American family, the potential success factor concerning socialmobility in the context of the United States of education.
African Americansrepresent strong commitment to social mobility through educational goal for theconsiderable portion of the success within the society. Despite achieving suchsuccess in the educational area, African Americans would likely remain in theclass where they started because of race. From this perspective, there is greatconnection between education and earnings.
African Americans slightly havelimited chances of attaining their American Dream because of the social classissues or race. One of the perfect illustrations is articles represent thiscomponent is Ehrenreich Serving in Florida. That Barbara focused on choosingher town because of how white it is regarding the college students, professors,cab drivers, and housekeepers, thus, the opportunity to enable her to fit inwell as an English-speaking Caucasian seeking low-wage work. For example, KeyWest is a critical place, where trailer parks might be too wasteful for theminimum -wage work. Based on her experience, the one city tends to havemultiple constructions of realities depending on the individual’s economicsituation. Barbara was paid so little, she couldn’t even save her money forfuture and she couldn’t even afford school supplies.
“. I don’t know why theanti-smoking crusaders have never grasped the element of defiantself-nurturance that makes the habit so endearing to its victims – as if, inthe American workplace, the only thing people have to call their own is thetumors they are nourishing and the spare moments they devote to feeding them.”(Ehrenreich #364-365).
Fareed plays a critical role in the development of amagazine article in which people can use to restore the American dream.According to the article, the author was able to change the American dream as areflection of the contentment among the middle class differentiating the UnitedStates from India. “The American dreamfor me, growing up in India in the 1970s, looked something like the openingcredits of Dallas (Fareed, p. 35).” This is a thought of thelarger-than-life perception of the American dream by the author as an Indiangrowing.
Upon migrating to the United States, the author was able to have adifferent idea of the American dream as an element of the standard of life andhope among the middle class rather than what he used to associate the land ofopportunities with while in India.The reality of the individual opportunity reflects most ofthe outstanding debates. There are examples of success and failure indicatingthat the truth about people who are born poor in the United States don’t havefair shot at success. For instance, it is possible for the individuals to havethe opportunity to rise to the top through education, intelligence, and hardwork such as the case of Barack Obama regardless of the social creation such asinequality. The existing social conditions make it much easier for certainpeople to succeed than others in the United States. Based on this, not allpeople born poor in the United States have a fair shot at success in lifebecause of the social constructions such as race and social mobility.