The American Dynasty Essay

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It has been nearly fifty years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, and Americans all across the nation are beginning to remember those fateful years of protest and legislation as semi-centennials, like the Little Rock Nine, begin to come around. But as millions of people remember the many victories of racial equality that took place nearly a half-century ago, the question of “How far have we really come?” becomes a sociological issue that many are either too indifferent or ignorant to address. America, for the most part, remains “segregated” in strange and subtle sort of ways that those like Martin Luther King or Thurgood Marshall might have not foreseen in their bold crusades for equality, and highly non integrated public schools, economically exclusive universities, and a very uneven job market all contribute to this mysterious segregation that, though not law, keeps the proverbial fondue pot of America from simmering like it should be. The American people have come a long way since the 50’s and 60’s, especially with the civil rights movement, but the apparent truth, that the act in 1964 was merely a first step to complete integration, is becoming increasingly obvious as many issues, like immigration, are presenting racial tensions that only help to separate the nation. The main problem is this: the playing field of the American job market is stacked towards a wealthier and more prestigious sector of the American public, and because of low income, bad location, or a breadth of other variables, many Americans do truly have fewer opportunities to find work and education than others. To forsake its own western spin on the Tao, and to ultimately follow its founding mantras of liberty and the pursuit of happiness, legislation must be passed in order to assist these unfortunate- or at least hindered- people in order to equalize their abilities for success to those with greater financial and social means.
The affirmative action controversy is huge; protests, debates, and hours of televised interviews culminate into a cause that has broken away from the political swirl into a very personal, even philosophical, place for the American public. And why shouldn’t it be? Affirmative action does something that no other policy from any other nation has done before: it establishes a bridge, albeit a very narrow bridge, to the wide schism between the rich and the poor by assisting those coming from very meager means and resources, but affirmative action is not a simple charity or pity fund, rather, affirmative action encompasses an ideal, a movement that many have striven -and usually failed- to complete, affirmative action takes the idea of complete integration and makes it a very large and foreseeable reality.
The word to remember is ability; it is something that humanity itself has defied since the beginning of society. The existence of social elite has always been the norm, and many governments were built around the concept of “human quality”...

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