Is America The Land Of Opportunity?

On my morning walk, I passed an angry black man rooting around in a trash can.

“It’s a lie!” he yelled out at me as I tried to read the New York Times on my Blackberry. “It’s a lie that the United States is the land of opportunity. They say the United States is better for the African man than Africa. It’s a lie. African men have been unemployed for 100 years!”

In my experience, hispanics who root around in trash cans tend to keep quiet about their work while many black men in trash cans seem rather perturbed about their situation and are eager to share their views on political economy.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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