Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Equal opportunities- are there really such things?

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Many people believe that every person, regardless of race, is given the equal opportunity to obtain or pursue a goal. However and moreover, it would be the matter of the person’s own initiative to control their own fate. While this may seem logical, is this really the case?  I think it’s very doubtable that everyone has equal opportunities, in the sense that there are always outside factors that will hinder them from what they yearn for. What explanation can truly answer this question?


Written by aunanan7

October 2, 2009 at 2:48 am

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  1. As you said, there are “outside factors” completely out of every individual’s control. I measure success as how far one goes within the situation in which he/she was born. We don’t all start at the same step, so it would be foolish to expect us to all finish at the top.


    October 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm

  2. One argument that is generally applied to developing nations, but is also applicable here, is that different countries (or in this case people) are born with different resources at the beginning. It can be seen as a race where one of the sprinters gets to go 5 seconds before the gun and the other sprinter is tied down at the starting line. Although even the worse conditions in the United States are better opportunities than some places in the third world, the concept that everybody has the same opportunity in the United States is terribly naive.


    October 2, 2009 at 6:38 pm

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