• Everything moved in unison. The three walked along the beach, stepping right, stepping left, right, left; much like they had done the previous night, only this time without two of them supporting the other. With a

  • I have been walking on this earth now for 16 years, 9 months, and 23 days. While that may not seem like much, it has been enough for me to form an intimate opinion on how I perceive this life. Through my own

  • Najm,

    You may have slightly misread my piece or misunderstood the meaning. I did not say nor assume that all people will work hard to find success, rather that it is possible for anyone living in America to do so. I invite you to look at my American ancestry piece titled “Roots”, detailing the story of my great grandfather, who turned a small…[Read more]

  • Owen wrote a new post, Roots 1 year, 2 months ago

    My Great Grandfather, Lewis J. Minor, is proof that the American Dream is real. Just the son of an Irish immigrant from Tipperary, he turned his love and passion for chemistry into the L.J. Minor Corporation from

  • Jetline,
    Thank you for your response. I’m glad that you enjoyed my perspective of this country outlined in my text. I would love to hear more of your thoughts on how we as a country could move forwards from recent events that seem to have had a lasting effect on us and maintain a unified people despite actions taken by some that have seemingly…[Read more]

  • Isaiah,
    Thank you so much for your reply. I’m very glad that my positive message was able to reach you, I myself was a little tired of hearing everyone complain about the injustices that they claim engulf the entire nation, so I decided to write this piece about all the wonderful things in our wonderful country, characteristics that commonly go…[Read more]

  • Thank you for your thoughts Walter, I’m glad that you enjoyed the historical aspects of my piece. It’s very important to our society that we do not forget the roots of our nation and its people and just how far we have come since the principle foundation of America. I look forward to seeing more of your thoughts on Youth Voices and reflecting on them.

  • Hey Sophia,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with all of us. I recently read a CNN article that discussed the intricate ways in which this crisis can be solved. It has gone on for quite some time now as you acknowledged, but the possible resolutions have many variables that could go into permanently solving the problem. In order to fix this…[Read more]

  • A Melting Pot is defined by Merriam Webster as “a place where a variety of races, cultures, or individuals assimilate into a cohesive whole” (“Melting Pot”), but over the lengthening time period that this country

    • Hey Owen, really do like the analogies you draw in your piece. The example of a snowstorm in your conclusion really spoke to me, and was really the perfect anecdote to bring the entire piece together. It is important to remember that our country really was born of violence, in your passages that highlight the experiences of Malcolm X and the early country of the USA. Those really spoke to me, as many forget that the History of America was painted primarily in blood.

      • Thank you for your thoughts Walter, I’m glad that you enjoyed the historical aspects of my piece. It’s very important to our society that we do not forget the roots of our nation and its people and just how far we have come since the principle foundation of America. I look forward to seeing more of your thoughts on Youth Voices and reflecting on them.

    • Dear Owen:

      I am amazed by your post “Melting Pot” because of your ideas. The way that you compared America to a Melting Pot is the perfect metaphor. It describes our country very well.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “Each and every one of us brings to the table something different from the other, each American contributes to society in a unique way, and when we all contribute in different ways, we come together and we form a society united by our differences, a society and a nation that can not be broken because of all the bonds that we have between ourselves. Diversity isn’t a dividing factor amongst Americans, diversity brings us together and makes us part of this Melting Pot”. I think this is great because I completely agree with it and each one of us is different in our own way, but if we come together then we can create something amazing.

      Another sentence that I admired was “This nation has always been adaptive and has never failed to change with new times, and although our Melting Pot did not exist at the start of the United States, it did not take very long for whites to begin adopting foreign cultures, and as soon as that took hold, we were left with hundreds of different values and beliefs that we all hold close to us today, because they are all part of the Melting Pot, and the Melting Pot is part of all of us.” This also stood out to me because of the powerful message behind it that we all make up America in a unique way.

      I agree with you that the great amount of diversity in America is a factor to the greatness of the nation. The diversity makes our country unique and it adds to the Melting Point. It also adds many different perspectives and cultures to our country.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because of your excellent writing style and the way that you express your great ideas.

    • Dear Owen:

      I am intrigued by your post “Melting Pot” because of the ideas that you convey in said post. I am intrigued by it because you convey ideas that people have, but just don’t have the words or voice to speak up and say.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “By calling yourself an American, you do not identify as a specific race, gender, or religion, but rather a mix of all of them. We all put our own aspects into this melting pot of a country, and we all draw our identities from these aspects, which grow in size each year.” I think this is inspiring to some people because to those whose families don’t come from a “special” place, this could show them that even if they aren’t foreign, they can still have unique aspects about them.

      Another sentence that I was intrigued by was: “Often times people don’t hear many negative thoughts about our founding fathers and tend to believe that these people had no flaws.” This stood out for me because as a student, I have never really learned anything about the Founding Fathers other than that they paved the way for our society to this day.

      I do agree completely with you that “… a contradiction laid out in our Declaration of Independence by proclaiming “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal”…” One reason I say this is because of all the men and women in jail. Some of these men and women, were wrongfully and/or didn’t have the right attorneys for the jobs. Another reason I agree with you is that even today in society you see people of minorities, LGBTQ+, etc. being treated differently because of how they look, and/or who they love, etc.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because of the way you explain the ideas that you write about, and how you choose to write about ideas that are happening in society throughout the years, instead of just in one time period.

    • Dear Owen:

      I am fascinated by your post “The American Melting pot” because it explains the beauty of so many different cultures that define our country. It provides knowledge to people who disagree with the idea of diversity among Americans rather being a good aspect to our country.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “…..even though it seems unlikely that in 75 years from now racism might be a word of the past, anything is possible in a country where people can speak their minds freely, anything is possible when someone believes it can happen, anything is possible in a nation that was built on dreams, in a nation where dreams do come true.” I think this is inspiring because in today’s society people lose hope believing in a civil society where racism does not have to be a problem. If more people start having this mindset I believe we can come up with solutions that will benefit our nation as a whole.

      Another sentence that I admired was “ Diversity will always be a factor of this nation as it continues to grow and gain new values, but at the center of all of those values will forever be these things: a country united by its differences, a Melting Pot formed by all of these differences, and one large population that this world renowned Melting Pot is a part of.” This stood out to me because people don’t recognize how important diversity is to this country. We need different ethnic groups and people to share and help new and innovative ideas that will benefit theirs and ours future.

      I do agree that we need to analyze the population as whole. One reason I say this is in order to have a civil society and be able to work together, everyone has to be viewed equally as important. Another reason I say this is only benefiting one group of specific people will not benefit the others so we have to tend to all people.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your thoughts are important as a young person coming up in the generation. Recognizing today’s issues is one step closer to finding a solution for the problem. Your thoughtful responses will inspire others to do the same

      • Jetline,
        Thank you for your response. I’m glad that you enjoyed my perspective of this country outlined in my text. I would love to hear more of your thoughts on how we as a country could move forwards from recent events that seem to have had a lasting effect on us and maintain a unified people despite actions taken by some that have seemingly divided us. For example, following the recent “take a knee” campaign, many people were offended by these professional athletes who sat or kneeled during the national anthem because it somewhat disrespected the flag. What do you think about this? Did that divide move us apart or bring us together? Thank you again for your thoughts!

    • Dear Owen,

      I am in love with your post “Melting Pot” because of the way you were able to articulate your point and draw a historical comparison to modern times. The historical comparison really helps drive the point home and makes you realize the amount of change that is possible.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “75 short years ago, which is less than the average life expectancy, it was justified for black people to be hanged for being black.” I think it’s impactful because it makes you realize how bad it truly was back then, and how much the world has changed since.

      Another sentence you wrote that I liked was “However, each and every one of them did in fact create the United States on a contradiction laid out in our Declaration of Independence by proclaiming “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal” (US 1776), but if in fact all men were created equal (like Thomas Jefferson so profoundly wrote), then we would not have experienced the enslavement of Africans and African Americans up until the Civil War and their specific segregation well into the 20th century.” This stood out for me because it shows how what was written in the nation’s law isn’t always what goes on in the real world.

      I agree with you that we still have a long way to go before we are truly equal. I say this because lots of racism and discrimination goes on even today. Another reason is that politics still divide people in a terrible way, perhaps more now than ever.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you definitely know what you’re talking about, and can put those words to paper in a beautiful way.

    • Dear Owen

      I am extremely intrigued by your post ¨The American Melting Pot¨ because it explains that the United States has been through a lot to get to where it is now. You explained that the U.S has gone through slavery and jim crows laws but we have overcome this and it has made us better people for it.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ¨Without this influence, Malcolm would not have gained the true sense of identity that he was able to with all of his exposure to his culture, and if America never began to accept foreign cultures, we would still be an entire nation of the same.¨ I think this is powerful because when America was lost and was trying to find its way it needed to realize that it was a country with various cultures that would only make America greater.

      Another sentence that I liked was “This horrific perspective that being a different color justified being killed for no reason makes us think that these events must have occurred hundreds of years ago, but really, this happened in 1942. 75 short years ago, which is less than the average life expectancy, it was justified for black people to be hanged for being black.” This stood out to me because people with darker skin have been ostracized throughout the years because of something they cannot change. It makes no sense but racism is apart of America’s history. Looking at the world we live in now shows that we are only getting better.

      I do often agree with you that no two snowflakes are the same. One reason I say this is that when you judge people by what you see on the outside you do not always get the full picture until you dig deeper. Another reason I agree with you is that when we learn new things about different cultures it connects us further.

      Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this post was highly intriguing. I’m glad that you dug into this subject. Your thoughts on this subject are similar to mine. Your views on America’s tragic history have opened my eyes to a broader way of seeing things. I am very glad that I took the time out to read this blog post. Cannot wait to see more!

    • Sia’Imani Warden
      2/26/18
      Blog response

      Dear Owen

      I love your post on the “The American Melting Pot”. The United States diversity is what makes our country so unique and makes it stand out more than others. To me I feel as though our country is like a refuge to people no matter what their ethnicities are they are welcomed to be here and to embrace themselves without being judged because we except that everyone is different. The United States has been through a lot of racism not even black and white other races and religions too. People are taught the past so they won’t make the same mistakes in the future and us as Americans have embraced our mistakes learned from them and have became a better country.

      Something you pointed out that I really liked was when you said “75 years ago, there were likely very few people who thought that in the year 2008 an African American president would be elected, and even though it seems unlikely that in 75 years from now racism might be a word of the past”. Nobody not even me would’ve thought one day we will have a black president our country has came a very long way. 75 years ago was apart of time were lynching was big in this country. Malcolm X daughter had wrote about her fathers experience on lynching and also how billy holiday never wrote why they were lynched in “Strange Fruit” she just said “Blackness is reason enough.”

      “Diversity” is also another big part of this blog in the text you said “Diversity isn’t a dividing factor amongst Americans, diversity brings us together and makes us part of this Melting Pot.” I also agree with this being different in America is perfectly fine. It’s okay not to look like someone else. It’s okay not be exactly the same as anyone. Just because we are different it makes us even better and creates The Great American Melting Pot.

      From my point of view and the information you’ve gave me, just like food the Melting Pot is different spices put together to make a soup made of such cultural and beautiful diversity which makes our Melting pot so unique.

    • Dear Owen ,

      I am in deep thought by your post, “The American ‘Melting Pot’”, because it’s accurate to today’s society in the USA. The USA is indeed a “melting pot” with various backgrounds and identities that shapes how our society works today. There are many benefits and injustices in our country’s “melting pot”.

      One sentence you wrote when explaining Malcolm X’s story is, “He was one of the smartest children in his entire school, yet he was told that he would never go anywhere in life because he was black.” This is very relevant to today because many minorities are oppressed due to their skin color. In today’s society, the paler your complexion, the more privileges are bestowed upon you.

      A sentence that stood out to me was where you told the audience Mr. Hanson’s point of view that “America has thrived most when it controlled and documented immigration and Americans and immigrants blended their values together”. I disagree with this because without illegal immigrants our workforce would decrease. They take the jobs that many are unwilling to do. I conclude that without undocumented immigrants, our economy will plummet a bit.

      I do not agree with the statement you make in the post that says, “…it did not take very long for whites to begin adopting foreign cultures….”. I do not agree with this statement because I believe that there are always going to be people who cannot adopt to foreign cultures. In my opinion, racism will always exist due to different beliefs and stereotypes. It’s the sad reality to it.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your descriptiveness and examples are impeccable. Your post states real issues that occur today and why these issues remain. I am highly attentive on these matters because they interest me.

      S.W.

    • Dear Owen,

      I am excited about, your post, “The American “Melting Pot”, because it really emphasizes on how America’s past and history affects how our lives are today and how social issues continue to proceed. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “By calling yourself an American, you do not identify as a specific race, gender, or religion, but rather a mix of all of them.” I think this is inspiring because it explains how that being an American isn’t one specific concept, but a very diverse one. Another sentence that I liked was: “However, each and every one of them did in fact create the United States on a contradiction laid out in our Declaration of Independence by proclaiming “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal” (US 1776), but if in fact all men were created equal… then we would not have experienced the enslavement of Africans and African Americans up until the Civil War and their specific segregation well into the 20th century.” This stood out for me because it talks about how our history contradicts what happens in today’s society. I do agree with you that our founding fathers were hypocrites and that what happens today is unfair. One reason I say this is because, if our founding fathers really meant this they wouldn’t have let slavery exist for as long as it did. Another reason I agree with you is that there isn’t one exact, perfect example of an American, an American can be anyone, regardless of their religion, race, gender or sexuality. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your writing is very inspiring and will open the minds of many people.

    • Dear Owen,
      I find your “Melting Pot” essay interesting.I like it because it shows both sides of the coin that is America. You show both its positive welcoming side and its cruel side.One quote i like is “However, each and every one of them did in fact create the United States on a contradiction laid out in our Declaration of Independence by proclaiming “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal” (US 1776), but if in fact all men were created equal (like Thomas Jefferson so profoundly wrote), then we would not have experienced the enslavement of Africans and African Americans up until the Civil War and their specific segregation well into the 20th century”. It gives insight that despite the principles of equality America was supposedly founded on,inequality has been prevalent even now ever since this country was founded. Though I believe your point was America’s diversity, quotes such as this show that America doesn’t appreciate the diverse set of people who call it home.Still, thanks for writing this and I look forward to what you write next.

      Keep up the great work,

      Parmenus

    • Dear Owen:

      I strongly agree with the content of your blog titled “Melting Pot”. I too believe that America is a nation defined by and united by the great diversity present. Since, America is a land full of diverse people, ideas, religions, and groups, to be an American would mean to identify with the diversity that engulfs the country.

      One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is: “ Diversity isn’t a dividing factor amongst Americans, diversity brings us together and makes us part of this Melting Pot”. I think that many people believe that a country full of differences would equate to a country that’s divided. However, It is because of America’s great diversity that America is able to adapt and move forward.

      Another sentence that stood out to me is: “ By calling yourself an American, you do not identify as a specific race, gender, or religion, but rather a mix of all of them”. I believe that the sentence really captures and defines what it means to be an American. America is not defined by a single attribute but rather by the different people and their influences on the country.

      I do agree with you that the diversity ever present within America is what defines it as a nation. One reason I say this is because America is home to various people of different races, religion, color, views and ideals. Another reason that I agree with you is that America is a land influenced by the different cultures within it. The impact of the different within America can clearly be observed within the daily lives of American citizens.

      Thank you for your writing and insight. I look forward to what you write next because I would like to know of the different views that you hold and how you tackle different topics. I also would look forward to your next blog because of how well you organized your arguments. Your blog was concise and straightforward. I enjoyed reading your blog.

  • Thank you Allison, I think that it’s very important that people realize that although they might not like who’s not in office, they were elected nonetheless and America will still be America due to the checks and balances that exist in our government and I’m glad that I got that point across to you.

  • Walter,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I enjoyed reading about how although the life of Americans is changing, the principles on which we were built remain constant and provide as reasoning for why we’ve been able to persevere as a nation. Do you think our country is united enough on these founding principles that the American Dream will…[Read more]

  • Thank you Lila!! I appreciate the feedback and I’m glad that you enjoyed my post! It’s very important – especially in today’s world – to have a uniting force among our citizens and that Americans realize how truly amazing all of our opportunities are.

  • America is and forever will be the land of opportunities. The American Dream is different for everyone, and as Robert J. Shiller said in his article The Transformation of the American Dream, this world-renowned

    • Owen,

      I was really interested in your paper because of how intriguing your opening paragraph is. It really made me want to keep reading and your sentence fluency is amazing! I agree with your claim, and I also believe that equality and opportunity are extremely important. This really is a nation of opportunity. Great work!:)

      • Thank you Lila!! I appreciate the feedback and I’m glad that you enjoyed my post! It’s very important – especially in today’s world – to have a uniting force among our citizens and that Americans realize how truly amazing all of our opportunities are.

    • Owen,

      I really liked how much detail and time you put into your writing. I can tell you worked extremely hard on researching your topics. One spot that stood out to me is that you said a lot of people didn’t vote for Donald Trump but still have to live with it because the other half of Americans did vote. I thought this was interesting because people sometimes make it like a public official is just randomly appointed which isn’t always the case because there are people that have to vote for them. I also liked how you used well known documents to make your points more clear.

      • Thank you Allison, I think that it’s very important that people realize that although they might not like who’s not in office, they were elected nonetheless and America will still be America due to the checks and balances that exist in our government and I’m glad that I got that point across to you.

    • Dear Owen

      I am very relieved about this post, “The united states of america” because it shows that people can look at the brighter side of things and be optimistic to society. The point of view about the world that we all have a fair chance at life is very intelligent. To me it’s always great to see a view about america that’s not “We are always being oppressed by whites

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Our Constitution gives every single citizen the ability to live a life without restrictions, regulations, or intervention by the federal government, which ties into our American Dream by laying down the opportunity for any citizen to pursue any career that they might choose. With no large government to force people to be a farmer or a doctor or a part of the nobility” I think this is agreeable because people do take for granted america where as in the U.K you literally can’t go to the bathroom at a certain time yet they don’t tell you this. America is fair that you can pick your career and be anything that you want to be

      Another sentence that I liked was: “Malcolm X succeeded in defying poverty and proving that no matter who you are or where you live, the American Dream is out there, you just have to go find it.” This stood out for me because it is true. Even though malcolm went through poverty malcolm still had major opportunities throughout his like to be able to support himself individually.

      I do strongly agree with you that we are free people and we have free opportunities to do anything that we want in life and that America is a good place. One reason I say this is that other countries (Iran, Iraq, Islam etc…) tell you what to do and/or what to say with punishment for not doing said things. Another reason I agree with you is that the people of america are the ones to make the country and not the president which is something i feel like everyone should know because if something happens most likely we’re ready to blame him, even though some of it is his fault there are a lot of things where it’s not.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i love seeing a new point of view about the feelings of america. It shows that there is a good and bad side to everything and most should stop looking at the bad.

      -isaiah

      • Isaiah,
        Thank you so much for your reply. I’m very glad that my positive message was able to reach you, I myself was a little tired of hearing everyone complain about the injustices that they claim engulf the entire nation, so I decided to write this piece about all the wonderful things in our wonderful country, characteristics that commonly go unnoticed and are frequently taken for granted in this day and age. I suggest that you check out some articles about the current situation in the middle eastern countries that you mentioned, it really makes you appreciate everything that we have as Americans, even further beyond the points that I brought up.

    • Dear Owen:

      I am astounded with the level of your detail and description in your essay your letter on The American Dream, “The United States of America: a Nation of Opportunities
      ” because it includes thing from over 250 years ago, which emphasizes your detail. Moreover, explaining the job and importance of the declaration of independence reallys adds to the thoroughness of your document. And lastly explaining equality is an impr

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “One intrical part to the social structure of America is the equality of all people, no matter what their race or religion.” I think this is significant because it shows the core part of the melting pot of a nation that the US is today, a homage for people seeking religious freedom.

      Another sentence that I looked at was: “Perhaps the most important opportunity that we enjoy as Americans is the opportunity to live”. It expressed one of the reasons why people say that america is a 1st world country, meaning that it has all the freedoms.

      I don’t really agree with you that, “ Americans will always have the opportunity to live the absolute best life they can live” One reason I say this is because of religious freedom a lot of people come here and they get discriminated against. Another reason I disagree with you is because because so people don’t have a great started in life, so instead it should read most will always have the opportunity to live the absolute best life they can live

      Thanks for taking the time to get a grade and write this powerful document. Hope to see you again on another document.

    • Dear Owen,

      I am satisfied with your writing, “The United States of America: a Nation of Opportunities” because it appears to hold qualities of a truthful piece of writing in most of its aspects. It is also detailed enough to paint a picture for those who are not habitants of the country

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “…we still have not gained full equality, as we still see examples today of women earning less than men in the workplace or African Americans facing discrimination in their lives. ” I think this is appreciable because it allows for the audience to see the good and bad in the U.S., and it is not told in its entirety all the problems of this country, but it isn’t downplayed.

      Another sentence that I noticed was: “ Malcolm X succeeded in defying poverty and proving that no matter who you are or where you live, the American Dream is out there, you just have to go find it.” This stood out for me because I felt like this one piece of information tells the story for majority of citizens in the United States.

      I don’t fully agree with you that rights granted to citizens are inalienable. One reason I say this is that in the Constitution it states that all rights may be taken away from you and that you may be a slave in an event that a citizen is incarcerated. Another reason disagree with you is that there are things within this setup for certain people to fail and for some to remain in power and remain wealthy. Therefore, not allowing everyone to have a fair chance at achieving their goals as an individual.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, many topics are highly arguable and controversial, and it is a healthy way for ideas to be exchanged.

    • Dear Owen ,

      I am not surprised by the things you said in your article but i do agree with the things you say. These are the things that people in the usa think everyday.For example, Perhaps the most important opportunity that we enjoy as Americans is the opportunity to live, which doesn’t mean that we’re allowed to be born, but signifies that we have the opportunity to pursue any form of life that we desire. Americans are indeed free, and freedom can be defined by the choices that we are allowed to make on any given day that”. This is how i feel as an American. People in america probably think this everyday.

      The one sentence that stood out to me was ” the united states permits us to live the lives we always dreamed of , to picture our american dream and see it achieved twenty years down the road. ” This explains how Americans see and know how they want to live but there are still obstacles here that prevent this from happening.
      One thing i disagree with is “ After all, we are free Americans, and if we do not like the direction of our nation, we will always have the opportunity to alter or abolish our system of government”. I’m not sure what you were trying to say exactly with this point but from what i gathered i disagree in asense. I mostly disagree because i feel that not many are heated in an attempt to speak against the government.It is true that we have the opportunity to do so doesn’t mean we are capable to abolish it.
      Thank you for writing i look forward to seeing more of your views and points on this topic or any other topic in general. I admired how you took your time to express the way you feel about such underrated topic.

    • Hey Owen,

      I have to say that I am deeply impressed by your article. I found it to be intelligently written, and I actually enjoyed reading it. It was very thought provoking. But, while impressed by the style of it, I have to admit that I do not agree with all of the content.

      First and foremost, I would like to address where you said, “…no matter if we’re white, black, yellow, orange, tall, or short, we will always be given a chance to make the most out of our lives, we will always have opportunities – from pursuing any career you want to fulfilling your American Dream to living the way that you choose to live…” While I do believe that this should be the case when discussing America and/or life in general, it simply isn’t.

      There are many factors that hold black people back when it comes to succeeding. As a black person, I know that we endure tribulations that wouldn’t even be considered as fathomable to most whites. To say that we all have equal opportunities in America while you know that racism is still prevalent (which I hope you do), is ignorant.

      I do like how you talked about how the American Dream is different for everybody. People tend to act like it should be the same for everyone, and I liked how you deviated from that ongoing (wrong) idea.

      I enjoyed your article as a whole. It was very mature and insightful. I would love to read more content from you.

    • Dear Owen,

      I was very inspired by your article, “The United States of America: a Nation of Opportunities” because it defines the American dream on a whole different level.I also liked it because it went into detail on what an American truly is. A sentence you wrote that stands out to me was “America is and forever will be the land of opportunities”. I think this is correct because America does have a lot of opportunities within it for people across the world. Another sentence that I liked was, “One intrical part to the social structure of America is the equality of all people, no matter what their race or religion” because this is such an integral part to our everyday lives but today it doesn’t seem like it the way things are looking. Everyone is supposed to be equal no matter what but it seems like everyone is just against each other nowadays. I do agree with you on the sentence, “Perhaps the most important opportunity that we enjoy as Americans is the opportunity to live.” One reason I agree with you is because it is the honest truth. We are able to do whatever we want to as long as we try our best. Thank you for writing, I hope to see you write again and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next because this will really stick with me.

    • Dear Owen,
      I am interested by your blog post, ¨The United States of America: a Nation of Opportunities¨, because it really shows how the United States has grown as a nation from tragic disasters in its history. Also, i like how it also talks about the fact how the world is still not in equality in the aspect of women getting equal pay as men, blacks getting equal rights as whites.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, ¨ …we still have not gained full equality, as we still see examples today of women earning less than men in the workplace or African Americans facing discrimination in their lives.¨ I think this is vigorating because it really gets down to the source about how the government does not take any notice to how our community is shaped as a whole.
      Another sentence i noticed was, ¨…any person in this country will still have opportunities as promised in the defining documents of our country. ¨ This stood out for me because the Declaration of Independence does indeed give all people of the US equal opportunity to get jobs and prosper as a human being, but at the same time not all people get those opportunities, and its not fair.
      I totally agree with you that a intrical part of our social structure is the equality of all people, no matter their race or color. One reason i say this is that in our social community, the way we interact with others can solely depend on the race of another and how view that person as a human. Another reason i agree with this is that it shows how people within all our communities are connected to one another and how we can be together as one in harmony.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because, your work is very intriguing to me and i like your mindset about our country. I think you should add more real life situations to prove your standpoint even further in your writing.

    • Dear Owen,

      I am impressed and in great agreement with your post, “the United States of America: a Nation of Opportunities” because you are very right in many places about America and the American Dream. You take many sources from newspapers to the Declaration of Independence to thoroughly explain your views and agreements.

      One sentence you typed that stood out was “ We will always have opportunities…that make us who we are, and who we all are is defined by one word: American.” I think this is very true because the freedoms we all share and the choices we make with those freedoms give us our individuality, but we are all still American.

      Another sentence that I liked was “These rights were not only defined, but they were named as “inalienable” so that the government could never take away any person’s freedom.” This stood out for me because of the positivity of these rights and the power they have to maintain freedom.

      I strongly agree with you on you saying that this country is a land of opportunities because like I said before, the choices we make with the freedoms we all share make us unique, while still being American. I also agree with you because you stress the importance of all people in America being created equally.

      Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you seem to have a good grip on information about America. This article was mainly in a positive light, so it would be great if you would take time to type about some negative aspects of the country and what we could do to resolve these issues.

    • Dear Owen:

      I am amused by your blog, “The United States of America: a Nation of Opportunities,” because it was interesting. It seem like you did lots of research on the topic. You emphasize on detail and it’s truthful.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “America is and forever will be the land of opportunities.” I think this is agreeable because America is the land of opportunity for most, but not for all. Although we all should stick together and fill that gap.

      Another sentence that I liked was: “ Even though over half the people in this country did not vote for Donald Trump, we can not lay blame on one man if we are upset with the way this country is headed because we still have a claim to those inalienable rights so prominently mentioned in our Declaration and so thoroughly described in our Bill of Rights. After all, we are free Americans, and if we do not like the direction of our nation, we will always have the opportunity to alter or abolish our system of government.” This stood out for me because I don’t know if I agree or disagree. I would agree because if we don’t like something we could come together as a whole nation to try to change it. I disagree because even if we try not everyone would and the government could overpower us.

      I do strongly agree with you that Perhaps the most important opportunity that we enjoy as Americans is the opportunity to live, which doesn’t mean that we’re allowed to be born, but signifies that we have the opportunity to pursue any form of life that we desire.One reason I say this is you as your own person should be who you want to be no matter what. Another reason I agree with you is you only live once so, live your life and don’t let anyone put you down.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like that it was very informing and detailed. Also, it made me want to read more and really think about some ideas you had.

    • Dear Owen,

      I am intrigued by your post “The United States of America: a Nation of Opportunities” because it highlights our efforts to achieve equality within the history of our country. It is thought provoking.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “we still have not gained full equality, as we still see examples today of women earning less than men in the workplace or African Americans facing discrimination in their lives”. I think this is interesting because it shows that even though we have made a lot of progress in our pursuit of equality we still have a lot to do.

      Another sentence that stood out to me is “Americans are indeed free, and freedom can be defined by the choices that we are allowed to make on any given day that might impact our lives¨. This stood out to me because it puts into words the fact that freedom is something that we define for ourselves and its not something we can let other people define for us because then we may lose our freedoms.

      I agree that the US can be a land of opportunity but we need to make a greater effort to achieve true equality before the opportunities are available to everyone.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i would like to see your views on other topics.

    • Dear Owen,
      I am unfortunate and miserable to say that I am more than overly displeased with your article, “The United States of America: a Nation of Opportunities”, because it disingenuously leads the readers to think that everyone born in this country (or arrived here legally) has a general ability to succeed and fulfill their dream which is clearly false. The argument that some may succeed with hardwork and dedication is an agreeable one at that, but assuming that all will or can is erroneous.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “No matter what our government has to deal with, no matter how our individual opinions differ, no matter if we’re white, black, yellow, orange, tall, or short, we will always be given a chance to make the most out of our lives, we will always have opportunities – from pursuing any career you want to fulfilling your American Dream to living the way that you choose to live – that make us who we are, and who we all are is defined by one word: American.” I think this is inaccurate because The “fact” that all people can succeed no matter what race or color you are is very extreme, being that those who have tried to fulfill their dreams or help the dreams of others have failed only and solely due to their skin color. There are people in this country/society who can commit the same exact crime at the same exact time and place but yet still have two different sentences, which clearly shows that there has to be something wrong in the justice system, and the concept of justice or equality in this country in general.

      Another sentence that I noticed was: “By the government granting us our freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in our Declaration of Independence (US 1776), it set the precedent of an economic, social, and political freedom of all people that has forever stood and forever will continue to stand.” This stood out for me because not only were the views of those who created/authored the Declaration biased and made it so that specifically people of their caliber (most likely white, of the male gender) could succeed in their country.

      I do definitely agree with you that women are given less rights than men. One reason I say this is because they are treated differently and also are given less pay. Another reason I agree with you is because the history of discouragement that women have faced is a very long road at that. Although I disagree with most, thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because a respectable discussion or debate is always nice to have/see.

      • Najm,

        You may have slightly misread my piece or misunderstood the meaning. I did not say nor assume that all people will work hard to find success, rather that it is possible for anyone living in America to do so. I invite you to look at my American ancestry piece titled “Roots”, detailing the story of my great grandfather, who turned a small investment into a prestigious company through hard work, perseverance, and the opportunity provided to him by this country.

        Furthermore, while it is true that America was founded on a contradiction in a sense and only promised rights to white males, the Declaration and Constitution have evolved to provide rights for all citizens living in the United States, which contributes to making this country so great. There is no other place in this world that values each citizen equally and provides every one of them with a voice and with opportunities to pursue what they choose. While not every person may take advantage of that opportunity, it still exists and was the basis of my piece.

        Thank you for your response.

        Owen

    • Dear Owen,

      I am intrigued about your post, “The United States of America: A Nation of Opportunities,” because of how you described equal opportunities and rights given from the federal government as a result of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Overall, I liked how you acknowledged that the nation is not yet fully equal, and mention both the negative and positive aspects. But I also feel that our human nature as a whole will cause us to never be equal.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Even though over half the people in this country did not vote for Donald Trump, we can not lay blame on one man if we are upset with the way this country is headed because we still have a claim to those inalienable rights so prominently mentioned in our Declaration and so thoroughly described in our Bill of Rights. ” I thought this was interesting because… it showed that we, the citizens still have a certain amount of power in the form of rights. These rights can not be taken away, not even by the president. I agree that we can’t simply blame “one man if we are upset with the way this country is headed”, but would like to add that we should also blame ourselves, especially those that decided not to vote at all. I mean, people who are over 18 have the right to vote, so they should at least use it to express their opinions when they can.

      Another idea that I thought was interesting was when you mentioned that “perhaps the most important opportunity that we enjoy as Americans is the opportunity to live, which doesn’t mean that we’re allowed to be born, but signifies that we have the opportunity to pursue any form of life that we desire. Americans are indeed free, and freedom can be defined by the choices that we are allowed to make on any given day that might impact our lives.” This stood out for me because of you mentioned it can be defined, and then you gave your own definition for what freedom is. I liked how you did this, and how you are open-minded that not everyone has the same definition.

      Personally, I do somewhat agree with you that America is a nation of opportunities, and similar to what you said about the American Dream, “you just have to go and find it”. One reason I say this is because you mentioned earlier, that the “Constitution gives every single citizen the ability to live a life without restrictions, regulations, or intervention by the federal government, which ties into our American Dream by laying down the opportunity for any citizen to pursue any career that they might choose.” You also noted that “we still have not gained full equality, as we still see examples today of women earning less than men in the workplace or African Americans facing discrimination in their lives.” I agree with you on how the federal government gives us rights and does not intervene in our daily affairs (unless we commit a major crime). However, the reason why I don’t strongly agree with this is that although it is true that opportunities exist, you prove with the second statement that Americans are being denied those opportunities. For example, if a US citizen is in jail, they are still citizens of the US, yet they are denied their right to vote because of their crime, for fear they will commit other crimes or escape while they are temporarily released to vote. So even if rights exist, they are still violated and opportunities denied as a result.

      Plus, even if everyone had equal opportunities to everything, this type of society most likely would not work for long, because every human is different from each other, and depend on many different needs of varying amounts of resources. Not to mention there are not enough resources to go around for everybody when wasting supplies like this (as of today). I also would like to mention the economy, because if two people work two very different jobs of different intensity, and yet have the right to equal pay, this would be unfair. The person working the more difficult job would be under-compensated for their work, while the person working the easier job would be over-compensated. Same thing applies if two people doing the same job gets paid the same amount for doing very different qualities of work. Plus, if everyone had equal opportunities, greed for power and resources will cause people to overestimate their true value in society, thinking they are suddenly better than others now that they have resources. The people who were originally in power would also revolt in order to maintain that power, and wars would follow until both sides reach an agreement at the cost of more resources. This is only at the best case scenario.

      I apologize for going on a bit of a tangent and focusing too much on socialism. To summarize, I do agree with you about the US being a land of opportunities, but not equal opportunities. Thanks for sharing your writing and reading this long reply. I am looking forward to seeing what you write next as well as what you think about this. Let me know if I misinterpreted anything. It’s always good to listen to another perspective.

    • Dear Owen,

      I am very amazed by your blog post, “The United States of America: a Nation of Opportunities”, because I really love how you didn’t just portray America as a perfect country with no flaws. You were able to balance the good with the bad in the way that you showed that although America is a free and equal country that has all of the opportunity in the world, we still have some growing to do before we can say that everyone is treated completely equally and given the same opportunities.

      One sentence that stood out to me was: “However, we still have not gained full equality, as we still see examples today of women earning less than men in the workplace or African Americans facing discrimination in their lives.” I think this is a great quote because it shows the harsh reality of some of the things that go on in America and how we have ways to go to improve it.

      Another sentence that intrigued me was: Perhaps the most important opportunity that we enjoy as Americans is the opportunity to live, which doesn’t mean that we’re allowed to be born, but signifies that we have the opportunity to pursue any form of life that we desire.” This stood out to me because America is the land of the free where opportunities present themselves at all times and people have the choice to pursue whatever that want to.

      I do definitely agree with you that America is the land of opportunity and the place where everyone has freedom, however there are more steps that must be taken before we can say that everyone is equal. I say this is because you made great points supporting both sides of the argument and I love how you weren’t biased in your writing.

      Thank you for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next because you made some very good points in your writing.

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