An Immigrant Defends America
Many people in the United States feel hopeless about their future, arguing that capitalism, police brutality, and racism prevent them from reaching their goals. Some even suggest that the American Dream is a lie and that the game is rigged against African-Americans, in particular. Jason D. Hill challenges this skepticism. He argues that success is a personal choice and that the vast numbers of upwardly-mobile immigrants are all the proof one needs of boundless American potential. He also takes issue with Ta-Nehisi Coates and writers like him, claiming that their fame and wealth undermine their own charges of victimization.
Jason D. Hill is a Professor of Philosophy, member of the Honors Distinguished Faculty, and Director of Teaching Practicum at DePaul University. He is the author of four books, the most recent of which is the soon-to-be-released We Have Overcome: An Immigrant’s Letter to the American People, available for pre-order on Amazon.com
This is his second visit to Why? Radio. His first can be found here.
Institute for Philosophy in Public Life
Weinstein, Jack and Hill, Jason D., "An Immigrant Defends America" (2018). Why? Radio Podcast Archive. 22.