The American Dream – the dream sold by the US that attracts so many immigrants from around the world. But, the world around the US has changed. And in fact, it feels like American has fallen behind. That is what Halsey is saying, who believes that The American Dream is a delusion!
The American Dream is a delusion, says Halsey
The USA generates a tremendous amount of media that propagandizes “The American Dream.” Here are some statistics about the USA that may surprise some people who defend it as “the greatest country in the world”:
After that, Halsey wrote a thread of facts about America. She started with saying that 60 million Americans don’t have access to clean drinking water. Then, she began talking about the maternal mortality rate. She tweeted that:
There are about 37 deaths per 100,000 births in the USA compared to about 9 per 100,000 in the UK and Germany. Black women are 4 times more likely to die during childbirth in the US. 54% of black maternal deaths are preventable.
Moreover, Halsey also mentioned that infant mortality in the US is 200% more than Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweeden, with Black babies the worst affected.
Other than that, she also mentioned how black people make up for 30% of police shootings, despite being only 13% of the population. But, Halsey was far from done. After that, she mentioned how 47 million Americans filed for unemployment, only 6 countries rank above the US in terms of the homeless population, and that 40% of non-elderly adults struggle to receive basic needs like food, healthcare, and housing.
Furthermore, Halsey also mentioned how 25% of Americans are facing delays in their healthcare, how the US is one of the most unequal countries in the world in terms of wealth distribution, and how black women represent 10% of the missing cases in America, despite being only 7% of the population.
So, does Halsey have a point?
Is The American Dream dead?
With systemic racism, increasing wealth gap, inequality, poverty, and lack of basic healthcare, education, and safety, the American Dream is in jeopardy. Other than Halsey, world-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky also believes that the American Dream is a lie.
In his documentary called Requiem of the American Dream, Chomsky repeatedly detailed how the American Dream was manufactured and rigged for the elite in the first place. He explained how wealth is concentrated heavily among the elites and how they rig the system to their favor. Because of that, the American Dream is now nothing but a propaganda machine for the rich to exploit the working class. Halsey is just making the same argument as Chomsky is but with a different approach, which is by stating facts of how far behind America really is. The dream is dead.
With these strong and factual arguments, Halsey says that The American Dream is nothing but propaganda. She realizes that the US is still better than much of the countries it materialized. However, Halsey concluded with the words that:
We are not the country we have been led to believe we are in Hollywood movies.