The American dream, America the land of Free

James Turslow Adams described “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.”. This land described by the author, was America. That charm of anticipated success brought many immigrants towards the continent and provided a spec of hope to the marginalized populations. But as described by the American author, it remained a dream, a vision or at least an effort. Social mobility remained nothing more than a pursuit, at least for the unlucky people who quite naturally where the majority. The inherent inequalities of the land of opportunity have been gluing them rather than mobilizing them. The land of liberty has been constructed on unfair basis.

American Dream by Salvador Dali

Now America is facing a deadlock (maybe always has been): Racism, violence, polarization. I am not entirely convinced that this is because of institutional bias prejudice and inequalities. Unfortunately this is how American society has been built from a starting point. It was from the beginning black people were concentrated in deprived communities, circumstances led to high criminality percentages. It was from the beginning violence played such an important role in America that was founded by colonial occupation and sustained by an enslaved economy.

It always seems though, that there is always something holding America together. And that I believe is the American dream. This failed project keeps having some impact on modern day Americans. Despite the disappointment of that very well sold fantasy, that reputation of the land of liberty and opportunity has managed to achieve something really important: Despite all problems that American society encounters, there will always be something that will link a Texan and a Californian.

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Katerina Skouloudi

Katerina Skouloudi

started as a school assignment, is now my change to rant!