The speech given by American Ferrera at the Washington D. C. Women's March this winter exhibited the American values of freedom of speech and belief. She uses her voice in an attempt to stand up for what she believes in and defends other U. S. citizens, as she recognizes them as her neighbors and brothers and sisters. She also expresses her own identity as a woman and the daughter of Honduran immigrants. In doing this she unites her listeners and encourages them to exercise their rights as citizens of America.
This song represents what the American Dream should look like in today's society; valuing where people came from and what they can give to society. In "Roots," the singer explains that he may live in a big city now, but he'll always value where he came from, his roots. He expresses that he's proud of what makes him the man he is today, and everyone else should be proud of themselves as well. Just because you may change locations, occupations, or homes, where you came from still holds significance to who you are today.
This song represents what the American Dream in today's society actually does look like; wanting to be the best of the best and having all the riches. In "Applause," Lady Gaga expresses her desire for applause and affection from everyone, claiming that it's all she needs to live. In this song, there's no sense of appreciation for who she really is, all she desires is appreciation. These are the types of songs we're repeating daily, telling us that who we are and what we love don't really matter. This can make people feel lost and forget who they really are, riding along the wave of society.
This Is Us is a tv show revolving around the lives of those in the Pearson family and others who are connected to them. As the parents, Jack and Rebecca, are shown working through the challenges of raising triplets, and keeping both their family and marriage afloat. The Pearson's aren't ordinary triplets, though. As the adopted son in the set, Randall, is African American and his brother and sister are white, it shows not only their childhood struggles of finding their place in the world, but also typical family issues. Whether it be Kate, dealing with weight insecurities, Kevin who is an aspiring actor, or Randall who is a successful businessman but also must face the reality of his origin when his biological father enters the show. The characters all encompass the idea that we, as Americans, are given such liberties to live freely, but also must strive to discover our own individual identity.
This article talks about how the materialistic ideaology of the American Dream has lasted for decades, but fails to truly exemplify what the Founding Fathers had in mind for our country, and has only created problems.