The Illusion of The American Dream

In this short video popular author John Green explores the fantasy of the American Dream and the myth that upward mobility is accessible to all.

“The data is somewhat less dreamy… 42% of American men raised in the bottom 20% of incomes stay there; In the UK that number is 30%, in Denmark it’s 25%. In fact, by almost any measure, whether you are born rich or poor in the United States is a better indicator of whether you will end up rich or poor than it is in Canada, or Europe, or any country in the developed world. When you talk about socioeconomic mobility and the quality of opportunity in the 21st century we’re not really talking about The American Dream, we’re talking about the Danish dream.”

When those of us with privilege find ourselves telling people that hard work leads to success we’re drastically minimizing the many factors that are at play. Race, sex, and financial status play a large role in an individual’s success in the United States economy. The American Dream has become just that – a dream. By acknowledging this we can begin to move forward as a community and challenge the systems at play; I don’t know about you, but that’s my American Dream.

Here at Love Wins we strive to be the kind of community where people can come and forget about all of that. Community members of all race, gender, sexuality, religion, and class can come together and play a game of Monopoly, have a cup of coffee, and find an ear to listen. Maybe community won’t fix everything, but it’s a good place to start.

 

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