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How Are Latinos Redefining the American Dream?

Have you ever heard of the “American Dream”? It’s the notion that any one person can make it in America regardless of origins or social class. That if one works hard enough, one has a fair shot at achieving prosperity and success or upward social mobility. I’ll be honest, I lean more towards the skeptic and some may say cynic view of the “American Dream”. Yes, we hear of the incredible and moving stories in which people with little to no resources move to the States and achieve greatness through hard work and dedication. But I would venture to say that for every one of these stories, we don’t hear of the thousands that didn’t “make it”. The people that work tirelessly but such efforts don’t yield results worthy of calling it the American Dream. What I’m saying is that I don’t solely believe in meritocracy, I believe chance, luck, circumstances and connections also play a significant role in our lives. However, I must admit that I am a walking example of the American Dream...