The American Dream represents the fundamental character of the United States. It boasts of the opportunity for all Americans to achieve prosperity through hard work without artificial barriers such as racism, classism, sexism, etc.
This American dream was something new in the world because humans never had the opportunity to gain prosperity and direct their own lives. Before their arrival to America from their native lands, immigrants lived life without much prospect for individual success. But finally, after reaching American soil, they were able to decide for themselves the path their lives would take. How exciting this must have been for them.
The founders of the American dream were white men who compromised on how America should be governed. Most hoped to keep it white and exclusive, even ruling out certain Irish, the Slavs, Italians and Jews. But it would become impossible to keep America all white because the American Dream was rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that all men are created equal with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and not to mention there was already a large black and red population in the young country.
Many white immigrants arrived in America as indentured servants. They were hated and considered low class and not much better than blacks.
But America would slowly change the way they viewed these people. Races with white skin would soon forget their differences and blend in with one another in becoming united white Americans. They would soon direct all their hate towards a common enemy, the black man.
Immigrants on ocean steamer passing the Statue of Liberty, New York City, 1887
Would immigrants feel compassion for the blacks, esecially after the harsh treament they endured in their own countries?
No, they did not feel compassion. They treated the blacks harsher than they were treated in their native lands. It became a dog eat dog world with the lowly black on the bottom rung of the ladder.
It took over two hundred years for blacks to have the opportunity to dream like the others. Blacks were finally set free from slavery. But most white people didn't like that, so it took another hundred years during the Jim Crow era before black people were legally able to strive for the American dream. But by then the white immigrants were firmly established in America and didn't want to share any of America's riches. America had by then become the wealthiest country in the world, mostly because of the back-breaking labor of blacks.
Everywhere a black would turn, there was a hateful former white immigrant to snuff out his dreams. He was mistreated wherever he went. Old immigrants wanted to keep every aspect of America white, but the Declaration of Independence wouldn't let them. They would make life very difficult for anyone to fit in who didn't look the same.
To make matters worse, after Jim Crow was finally over, an unexpected event happened when many blacks who had been defeated mentally didn't rush through the door for the American dream but instead chose to hold on to the old Negro way of life. These practices served its purpose during slavery and Jim Crow, but now it was time to keep it in check and assimilate into American culture.
But many blacks would fail because they couldn't make the distinction between America and white people. They looked at the two as being one in the same, which was right to a certain degree, but not entirely accurate. For instance, if a black spoke perfect English, other blacks would say "stop acting white." But the reality was that America is a black person's home, with the language being English, so why not speak it correctly? Blacks didn't realize they were not acting white by speaking good English. They were being American.
What was the old Negro way of life?
It was their way of talking, (broken English, slang) their way of eating, their way of dressing, their way of treating each other. It was their code of living that was opposite of white people. Negroes felt that if whites didn't want to include them in the American way of life, they certainly didn't want to be a part of them either. Blacks would look down on other blacks who didn't practice the Negro way of doing things.
This was so powerful that it still holds many blacks captive in our era. Even to this day some blacks hold on to the old Negro way of living and blame white people for all their failures. It's true that there are roadblocks set up at every turn for blacks trying to succeed, but the fact is that not all white people are racist and look at us as fellow Americans.
These Negroes don't recognize the tremendous opportunity they have, and instead, choose to live a life of foolish pleasure seeking as their sole meaning in life. This self-pity condition recycles itself down from generation to the next. They could care less about an American Dream. They consider themselves victims instead of using their God-given brains to make a better life for their families.
These old Negro blacks chose to hold their breaths for an explanation and apology about the past. But of course, whites don't even want to think about it, which means race conditions in America remain the same. It's obvious that whites must acknowledge what happened in history and make amends, similar to the way the Germans did with the Holocaust.
But instead, whites prefer living their lives blissfully ignorant to the damage their ancestors caused the black race. They say it's not essential to talk about something that happened so long ago. They feel entirely justified and innocent, while happily living the dream. They only like to remember and celebrate events in history that are pleasant, not the bad things that occurred.
Is The American Dream still alive?
Yes, but it's quickly fading. The American Dream is on the path to becoming the American nightmare because of the abusers. These selfish men are destroying America. They act like our country is an unlimited resource for corruption. They continually treat the dream with disrespect. The same way they have handled everything else they have touched.
These are the abusers of the American Dream. They've reaped humongous riches in a greedy and immoral way and not given back. They could care less about their fellow Americans and are only concerned with their fat bellies. These are the ones who cheat on their taxes, makes healthcare unaffordable by jacking up prices to benefit themselves, and constantly raise our utility bills, who made sending our kids to college almost impossible because of soaring student loan cost, who has the power to raise gasoline prices at will, who manipulates what we pay at the local grocery stores, who cheat us with hidden fees at our banks, and the list goes on and on. But because they wear a suit and tie and are constantly smiling in our faces, we trust them.
But we have more hate and disgust for the common thief in this image who has stolen much less than abusers pictured above. He is the not too smart thug on the street who will rob and commit an unplanned violent act in the blink of an eye and risk doing many years of his life in prison for it. He does not put any thought or intelligence into his crimes whatsoever, very rudimentary. He acts on the fly. He's considered cocky and unpredictable. People fear him very much, especially the police. He is not afraid to use his gun to kill for petty reasons. This thief doesn't know the deep things about his black history that would save him from a self-destructing life of crime because he would realize that many blacks before him died so he could achieve the American Dream. He foolishly believes what others say about him that he's worthless and acts that way. Sadly, he's a lost soul.
Johnny Guitar Watson had a grip on this situation many years ago!
Can blacks achieve the American Dream?
Yes, it's possible, but you will face a tough challenge mainly because of the color of your skin. It's sad to say in this day and age, but it's true. But if we are prepared and have confidence in our abilities, we will have a better chance at success.
Just think about all the blacks in America's history who were mistreated, tortured and lynched for your sake. You can bet that if given another opportunity to rise from the dead and live again in America, they wouldn't waste it like many of us are doing. No, they would prepare themselves by hitting the books and getting smarter to compete against others in America for a prosperous and successful life to live the American dream.