You may dream of scoring the winning touchdown in the Superbowl, or you may dream of winning the Nobel Peace Prize for creating a cure for cancer. The beauty of America is that you can do all of that and more if you choose to. The United states is often described as a melting pot of the different cultures, but it should also be defined as a melting pot of different values and opinions.A quick description of America would consist of three words freedom,differences, and equality, yet not everyone would view America under these three words.
Freedom in America ranges widely.An example of freedom in America is the constitution, where most laws and rules are laid out for us to follow. An example of freedom throughout America in the bill of rights, is the first amendment.”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”. Right here on a written document is 4 examples of the freedoms we are given in America, four more examples of freedom that some don’t even receive in their country. Today there’s many different arguments about unequal amounts of freedoms given to certain groups, and although the inequalities are not ideal, we do have to remember that there are people in other countries that can’t even use google because the government doesn’t allow it.
Another value of Americans is our differences between each other. You don’t walk into a classroom and see 30 kids with blond hair and blue eyes any more, you see a wide range of races and ethnicities that all make us different in our own way. One thing that easily comes to mind is our food choices. Not every american likes a salad or a big mac from mcdonalds. As written out by Kim Ann Zimmermann” American cuisine was influenced by Europeans and Native Americans in its early history. Today, there are a number of foods that are commonly identified as American, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, macaroni and cheese, and meat loaf. “As American as apple pie” has come to mean something that is authentically American.” Our food choices in america range so widely just like our ethnicities and life choices, but this is a big thing that makes Americans,American.
The third word I would use to describe the American Dream is equality. Whether this means equality between races,genders,sexualities, whatever the case. Equality is what makes Americans united. This value to me isn’t one that’s completely set in stone just yet. I think most Americans are working towards complete equality but we still have a long way to go. All that matters is we are trying to work our way there. As stated by Anika Chaganti, in What Does Equality Mean To America?, “Although equality is a key tenet dating back to the founding of our country, it is not fully honored, even to this day. Many minority groups do not receive complete equality, both economically and socially. Equality is a lofty goal our country still strives toward.” I do believe equality is a value of americans, i also do believe we haven’t achieved our full potential of equality,happiness, and freedom and once we do then everyone will be living the american dream.
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Zimmermann, Kim Ann. “American Culture: Traditions and Customs of the United States.”LiveScience, Purch, 13 July 2017, www.livescience.com/28945-american-culture.html.
“What Does Equality Mean To America?” The Odyssey Online, 30 Aug. 2017, www.theodysseyonline.com/equality-america.Tags: Okemos High School
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