Native Americans And The American Dream



Americans have always believed that in a free society people showing individual responsibility and diligence will get ahead. So deeply ingrained is this belief that it is known as the "American" Dream. Dr. Ben Carson epitomizes this American dream. As a poor black male from the Detroit ghetto, he was able to pull himself up from his bootstraps to become an internationally respected Neurosurgeon. He credits faith in God and in himself and hard work for his success. He contests that if he, a poor black male, can achieve the "American Dream" anyone can. Despite the fact that Ben Carson is indeed living proof of the realization of the American Dream, there are millions of Americans to whom ...

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"Another influential person in my life was an English teacher named Mrs. Miller. She took a personal interest in me in ninth grade English and taught me a lot of extra things after class." (Pg.64 Gifted Hands) Ben also had the option of going to many different schools. If one school did not meet his intellectual needs, he could always transfer to one that did. Ben attended many schools over the course of his education, from the Detroit public schools to parochial school in Boston. Ben even acknowledges himself that an inadequate education in his early years negatively impacted him, and inhibited his learning speed. "My first three years in the Detroit Public school system had given me a good foundation. When we moved to Boston, I entered the fourth grade, with Curtis two years ahead of me. We transferred to a small private church school, because mother thought that would give us a better education than the public schools. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. Though Curtis ...

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suffer even more. Native Americans have a strong belief in their community and culture, and to send a child out of the community into a predominately white high school can be extremely detrimental for the child and the community as a whole. When Native American children are raised in communities that are distinctly unique, and then are thrust into a society where the values of the majority culture are promoted, it can leave them feeling as if they must choose one culture over the other. A tragic paradox emerges: Success (in school) becomes failure (in the community), and failure becomes success . It is true that Ben Carson is a black male in a world that is for the majority white, ...

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