The American Dream is a vision with diverse sense and meaning to many Americans since the previous generations up to the generation of today. Even in other parts of the world, the American Dream is aspired to be reach by many people who want something new and better compared to how their lifestyles and cultures currently go. Sometimes, the American Dream becomes the measure of a competitive way of living. To many Americans, and to other nationalities as well, the American Dream is a change for the better. It involves changes and improvements in a number of aspects such as in economy, traditions, social status, and lifestyles. It is a transformation from a standard and general status into a stable progress, growth, and advantage.
A few decades ago, the American Dream is a simple dream of having a stable living where one has a job and is able to feed his family. However, the civilization of America revolutionized at a fast pace. The economy rises through the facilities of new technological advancements. Different business sectors, both public and private, healthily compete with each other and with international market to be one of the best. The increasing innovations being develop every now and then have altered the old sense of However, to an African-American like me, the sense of American Dream has not been much changed, as it did to others, by the advancements in technologies, industries, and different opportunities currently available that are capable of changing a lifestyle through financial progress. For me, the American Dream still holds the same values my ancestors aspire to gain as American citizens of the United States. These are racial equality, discriminatory practices in education, housing, employment and promotions, The gain of independence by the United States from its colonizers was one of the American Dreams that came true. This dream successfully lives today and is enjoyed by every citizens of America. But then, independence did not come to reality for many colored people and mixed-nationalities.
Particularly the African-Americans, or the Negro group of people, they were classified as among the minorities of America. Martin Luther King Jr stated the sad fact the Negros still experienced 100 years later after One hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the menacles of segregation and the chains of Despite of the independence and promotion of the right for equality and freedom, the minorities were not given with fair treatment and opportunities socially. In contrast to the rising status and progress of white-colored Americans in the working sectors, most Negros were discriminated, providing them with no opportunities in stable and well- compensated jobs. Hence, poverty among African-Americans became prevalent in many parts of America. Martin Luther King Jr, in his speech, again One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.
African-American’s dream of obtaining racial equality concerns related aspects that result from discrimination practices. The educational process, the criminal justice, and other life supporting elements such as housing and employment, are held at low acknowledgements from them. Some decades ago, in some schools, Negros were not admitted for education. If admitted, on the other hand, they were not allowed to mingle with white-colored Americans. Such inequality caused low literacy rate in many African-Americans some decades ago. Currently, however, literacy rate in African-Americans are better than it used to. Although, there still some existence of discrimination on them.
Obtaining full equality in the justice system is among the many senses of American Dreams for us African-Americans. Some scores ago, justice is a word unknown to many for it is evidently not present in the social treatment Negros received. Due to discrimination and non-acknowledgment of Negros as Americans who deserve the same rights white-colored Americans receive, Negros became the subject of trials and judgments in many courts, convicted of crimes they never committed. As a Negro, Martin Luther King Jr dreamt equality for every men of America. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal”.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
The American Dream that lies in the hearts of most Americans and in African- Americans like me may be different in views. But to each of us, the American Dream is a vision of making our lives and everyone’s lives better.