Inequality of Opportunity in the U.S.A.


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Citation of Original Publication

Kassner, J.J. (2015, July 2). Inequality of Opportunity in the U.S.A. The Baltimore Sun.



We like to tell ourselves stories about the virtues of America, particularly as Independence Day rolls around each year. There is, perhaps, no better example than the story we tell our children that no matter your race, gender or wealth, in America you can become anything you want to be. This particular example captures the idea that America is a meritocracy, a place where talent and effort are rewarded. If true, then one is not trapped by circumstances beyond his or her control. We like to believe that the inequities that exist at any moment are not permanent and that those persisting over time are merely a reflection of what individuals deserve. Ultimately, this is a story about equality of opportunity.