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Beyond What Meets the Eye:

Sharing these Links Show the American Utopian Vision Versus the American Dystopian Reality

FOR MY PEOPLE

FOR MY PEOPLE

The song "For My People" depicts a dystopian reality that many people face, discrimination or hurt in a sometimes cruel world. This goes against Frank Oceans "Sweet Life" which depicts a more Dream-like version of reality.

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Sweet Life

Sweet Life

Frank Ocean's "Sweet Life" depicts how across America someone has had the best life, with beaches, gardeners and a nice house.

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Shameless (TV Series)

Shameless (TV Series)

Similar to Modern Family, Shameless depicts multiple diverse families living in America. But contrary to Modern Family, they don't necessarily get along too well, and on top of that they aren't living in a great neighborhood with perfect families. This show depicts the dystopian reality for most Americans, where many struggle to find a job, and where you won't necessarily get along with all of your fellow Americans.

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Modern Family (TV Series)

Modern Family (TV Series)

Modern Family depicts multiple families living in america, with some diverse backgrounds. Even though some are hispanic, and some are gay, they all get along at the end of the day. This is truly a utopian vision for a diverse America.

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Gran Torino (2008)

Gran Torino (2008)

In Gran Torino, a scene depicts an asian woman and a white guy walking down the street, when they get in an argument with some African Americans. This scene depicts how in America, there is still a divide between races, and it is not the utopian "diverse land" that it is said to be.

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"Donald Trump's Inauguration Speech - Full Speech"

"Donald Trump's Inauguration Speech - Full Speech"

Donald Trump talks about how America is currently a dystopia, and how he plans to turn it into a utopia. But for most, his plans will do nothing but make this even more of a dystopian reality.

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My Family’s Slave

My Family’s Slave

Lola was a young girl who lived a life she didn't know she signed up for. She agreed to take care of Lieutenant Tom's daughter in exchange for food and shelter. However, little did she know he meant for the rest of her life. She was lonely, abused, and mistreated. As she became older, she moved in with the author and was finally introduced to many things she couldn't have done when she was younger. She could read, go places, and relax. The family she worked for was living a utopian vision, living a middle class life with a full family, while she was living a dystopian reality.

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