My America Essay

919 words - 4 pages

Jenny Maguire
English - Americas
2/1/2002

        The proud citizen is completely convinced of her/his right to attainment. The green land of opportunity has lasted in the American mindset for centuries, not fading with time, but hungrily increasing as the resources that feed this hunger steadily dwindle. Our America today is filled with blindness, arrogance, and greed. As we advance technologically, intellectually, and socially, we forget to readjust ourselves and our system to the new environment we have created. These strides add only to our sense of pride, while many essentially key goals (such as morale, equality, preservation) become confused as we strive towards our constantly rising standards of success.
Our America basks in the glow of its reputation: a nation of freedom, equality, diversity, and economic success. Since the start of the nation, we have progressed along a difficult path. Although through this course we have ridden over many bumps, we choose to remember the positive, proud, and inspiring aspects of our history and of the present. America portrays itself as "the golden land of opportunity." How could it not be? Four percent of the world's population controls a much larger share of the world's riches. Furthermore, most of our reputation's ideals are true. Compared to the rest of the world, our America truly is one of the few places where freedom of thought, speech, religion, and equality is not just allowed, but enforced. It is ingrained into our original constitution since our beginnings. This differentiates our America from most of the world.
My personal America, however, diverges from this objective and idealistic view of "our" America. In my world today, I have a sense of freedom, compassion, and equality. However, hidden within these beliefs are the inherent injustices that would taint the proud image of the country and sometimes break down our prosperous system if they did not exist.
Ethnic groups and immigrants coming into the country are perhaps heard but never consistently aided. The differences and barriers within race, religion, and economic class persist as mostly unrecognized discriminations within our community. If asked straight out, any American would assert that a homeless person, an Indian woman, and a Caucasian male, are not unequal (who would want to be considered racist?). The average American is convinced that he/she is completely free of racism. However, ethnic stereotypes and class discrimination persist and, more dangerously, exist unnoticed as such. For example, Asians continue to be unconsciously considered by many as "cute," physically similar, lacking personalities, or thickheaded. There has yet to be an Asian actor that has not been portrayed by their ethnicity or sometimes even without the...

Find Another Essay On My America

My Life in America by Harold Aguiar

6190 words - 25 pages The Beginning I was born November 25, 1970 in Harlem Hospital; my then 20 year old mother Dolores named me Harold Miguel Aguiar. I was the very first person from my family to be born in America. From the very beginning my life was difficult. My mother was staying in an overcrowded three-bedroom apartment with my biological father’s family, at the time he was still in the Dominican Republic, which is where my family is from. I was loud and my

My Trip to Eastern of America

924 words - 4 pages , never coming to us. When we got to top of building with depressed feeling, we were astonished. It was phenomenal!! We shouted each other and ran to fences to see scenery. We could see N.Y City which we could see in the movie. Do you remember scene in movie? At the beginning of movie, it starts with scenery of N.Y City in helicopter which draft into sky. My feeling was like that. When I close my eyes, I can still see that scenery and feel that time

Essay criticizing "My America" by Ed Anger.

824 words - 3 pages Ed Anger is the author of "My America," a column in Weekly World News, and in these articles he discusses matters relevant around the world. In one such article pertaining to India and Pakistan, Mr. Anger argues that the two nations should not go to war. Although his intentions are pure, he provides only one reason that he believes both Indians and Pakistanis are a similar people and they are not. Moreover, he fails to support his argument and

My Proposed Plan to Alleviate the Foreclosure Problem in America

1139 words - 5 pages Every three months 250,000 families enter into foreclosure. “One child in every classroom in America is at risk of losing his/her home because their parents are unable to pay their mortgage.” (Market Wire)These facts are not only shocking and true but are continuing to grow. It might be time for the government to step in and help the homeowners of America. In an effort to solve the foreclosure dilemma we need to look at the problem then try to

WHERE IS MY AMERICA?

988 words - 4 pages It was the frigid winter of 1975, oil prices had skyrocketed, and I had moved back home with my mother, four brothers and two sisters. The house was a modest, four bedroom two story clapboard heated by an oil furnace. In October of that year, Mom assembled a family meeting to ask whether we wanted her to buy groceries or oil for the heater that winter. She wouldn't be able to afford both. Petroleum prices were rising higher than we'd ever

My Kid Beat Up Your Honor Student - An essay about Anti-Intellectualism in America

835 words - 3 pages started to call me "old man" because I listen to Mozart and swing Jazz constantly instead of popular heavy metal. I figured my friends would have outgrown old stereotypes by now, but apparently not. It is easier to say you strive to be an individual in America and resist tribalism than to actually do it.         There is a common stereotype of the muddle-headed professor- he can recite passages of Dante's Inferno in original Italian, but

My vision of America Dream

1001 words - 5 pages comfortable with the selective mate their parents chose for dating. However, in America it’s completely the opposite relationship begins with courtship. Some parents allow their children to date at a certain age and when they allow their children to date. In the United State, parents set ground rules when their children are dating such as online dating, time restrictions to end their date night, personal information about the person their children

My Family: Life in Rural America

2704 words - 11 pages As a child growing up in a rural county, I didn’t have soccer practice or dance recitals; no play dates or playgrounds. I had trees to climb, woods to explore, bikes to ride and adventures to be had. I had bare feet in the grass, wincing on the gravel driveway, rocks digging into my soles. I had walnuts to crush, plums to eat, flowers to pick, bugs to catch. I had my little brothers to bug me, my mom to take care of me, my dad to laugh with me

My Proposed Solution to the Foreclosure Problem in America

1429 words - 6 pages I remember when I prepared to buy my first home in 1997, people said it would be a laborious process. To this day, I cannot figure out what people were referring to as laborious. The mortgage officer provides the list of all documents that need to be submitted. I submitted the documents in 1997. If there were questions, I answered them. If there were glitches, I took care of them expediently. During my closing, figures drastically changed from

The Breakdown of Community. Speaks of Ray Oldenburg's 'The Problem of Place in America' and Ishmael Reed's 'My Neighborhood'

566 words - 2 pages In Ray Oldenburg's 'The Problem of Place in America' and Ishmael Reed's 'MyNeighborhood' the authors express thier dissatisfaction with the community. Oldenburgfocuses on the lack of a 'third place' and the effects of consumerism on the suburbs, whileReed recalls his experience with prejudice communities. Their aim is to identify problemsin our society that they find to be a problem. Although neither of these authors offersolutions, the fact

Education Reform As I See It. This essay is about my views of education reform in America.

1013 words - 4 pages Education Reform As I See ItThe easiest way to teach is: to hand a student a book, tell them to answer the questions and then test them on the text content. This "facilitation" is the way many teachers in the public education system teach. This method only reaches those who have good reading comprehension. Those who have other learning styles such as: auditory, visual, or kinesthetic are educationally neglected and thereby often fall through the

Similar Essays

My America? Essay

1744 words - 7 pages is an ignorant pawn. America’s me is an unimportant name without a face. America’s me is one of millions. Only when this money-obsession and corruption ceases can this be my America. My America would truly be run by the people through the nationwide referendums discussed earlier. Through these, Americans can have control in what goes on in their world, without having representatives who are vulnerable to greed and corruption. A democracy

This Is Not My America Essay

2546 words - 10 pages license, proof of insurance, and registration papers for my vehicle. What does that prove? A) I am who I say I am. B) I can legally drive a vehicle in this state and if I am committing a crime, the police can use the information on my license to find me and prosecute me for said crime. C) My vehicle is mine and that I obtained the vehicle legally. Asking legal immigrants for their documented status is not unreasonable or unconstitutional. A) They

Alteration In My Life: Moving To America

580 words - 2 pages and life can change in an instant. When I was young I was an active child. I had many friends and they followed me a lot. I could tell my opinions clearly and express my emotions very well. I was always bright and cheerful child. However, when I moved to America for 5th grade all this was changed. Different cultures and languages in the United States for three years were like hell. For almost three years I had no friends and I only talked when

My Trip To America Personal Narrative

1596 words - 6 pages My Trip to America- Personal Narrative Three years ago, in July 2001, I had the opportunity to visit America, the land of freedom. I was thrilled when I overheard my mother talking to my friend’s father; Tom’s father on the phone for me to join my Toms family in their holiday to America. I could not sleep that night. The following morning, my mother informed me of the good news: That I would be going to Florida for