The last piece of this three-part series focuses on the mistreatment and detainment of immigrants in the United States. The ‘American Dream’ is founded on principles of providing opportunities for a better lifestyle, yet under the Trump administration, tens of thousands of migrants are detained and mistreated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In her second piece covering the ’The American Dream vs The American Reality’, the author explores the continued fight the US LGBTQ+ community face for basic rights and equal treatment. In spite of the progress made under the Obama administration, in her words ‘Trump’s transphobic, homophobic and sexist views manifest through legally binding actions to disadvantage LGBTQ+ individuals, contradicting the sense of equality declared through the American Dream ethos’.
Are we living in the era of the ‘American Dream’, or is the ‘American Reality’ much uglier? The first article of this three part series explores how a history of biased legislation has contributed to institutionalised and inherent racism in American society. This article explores the legalities behind the emancipation of slaves that have come to shape the current Black Lives Movement in the US.