American Dream or American Myth Name Institution American dream refers to the collective believe in upward mobility and economic prosperity for every American. It is the dream that has made America boasts of offering the best chances in life to everyone who is willing to work hard and abide by the laws. Wyatt-Nichol (2016) confirms that the idea has made America be the strongest magnet to attract majority immigrants across the globe. Despite the dream a majority of poor Americans no longer find the dream applicable in their lives. According to them the dream is a mere fantasy rather than a reality. The dream is getting rather harder to achieve. In fact if it is true that the dream exists and functional then there is absolutely no reason why a majority of the Americans should remain poor experience racial discrimination gender inequality as well as lack important social services. the American society needs to forgo the attitude of racial segregation and gender inequality. This approach will help to provide equal opportunities regarding education employment and allocation of the resources. The provision of equality among these members will further limit the possible economic gap that has been experienced between the divides. Finally it is a high time for the American government to refrain from retrogressive politics and focus on the possibility of national growth and development. References Lamont M. Park B. Y. & Ayala-Hurtado E. (2017). Trump's Electoral Speeches and His Appeal to the American White Working Class Pp. 1-44 Leung A. (2016). The Model Minority Myth:(Benevolent) Racism against (Asian) Americans. Miller J. (2016). Book review: the American myth of markets in social policy: ideological roots of inequality by Debra Hevenstone. LSE Review of Books.Wyatt-Nichol H. (2016). The Enduring Myth of the American Dream: Mobility Marginalization and Hope. .14(2):258-279. [...]
Assignment 1: American Dream or American Myth? Throughout this course, you have seen that one of the plights of the working poor is their inability to achieve social mobility. A value that all Americans have is equal opportunity for success, but this value does not necessarily translate to ability or ease to climb the social ladder. Using the module readings, Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, research the reasons why the working poor are able or not able to realize the American Dream. Then, address the following questions: Define the “American Dream,” and then apply the concepts from the previous modules to either support or refute the idea that individual merits can dictate success or failure. Include the topics of race, gender, housing, job opportunities, and social services to decide whether the American Dream is a reality or a myth. Use the articles, film, library resources, Internet sources, and your own personal experiences to support your arguments. Write a 4–6-page paper in Word format, following current APA formatting. Include a separate page for your references. Assignment 2: Discussion—How to Eliminate Poverty? According to Beeghley (2008), the poor in America serve an important role in society. He claims that the poor provide services by working in jobs no one else wants, keep prices down, create jobs for other social classes, and buy goods and services no one else desires. Using the module readings, Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, research the need to eliminate poverty in America. Then answer the following: Can poverty be eliminated from America? What ideas do you have that could help the working poor improve their opportunities? Write your initial response in approximately 200–300 words. Apply APA standards to the citation of sources. Click the Citing Sources button on the Academic Resources page of this course to learn how to cite sources using APA standards. By the due date assigned, post your response to the Discussion Area. Through the end of the module, review the postings of your peers and respond to at least two of them. Consider commenting on the following: What are the different solutions to help the working poor? How practical are these proposed solutions? Ideas that have worked in your own town to improve the condition of the working poor. Beeghley, L. (2008). The structure of social stratification in the United States. Boston, MA: Pearson.