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Since and more likely even before my birth I was destined for success My parents are both white They come from well-off families They had the privileges of good educations stable neighborhood environments and strong friend and family connections The day I was born I came into an already-functional support system I went on to become the beneficiary of this network starting with the treatment my mother and I received in Mount Sinai hospital July 18 th 1982 - my birthday I would most likely not be here today writing this paper if it were not for the incredible education I have had thus far the society I came from and my parents friends and relatives that helped me get into Vanderbilt Even if I were to drop out of college - or if I had chosen not to do as well as I have - I would still be able to do something productive with my life I would still have all the family contacts I would still have the knowledge credentials and skills to maintain my place in my current social class and interact positively with other members in my community I would still have the values and knowledge of how to succeed in contemporary America Is this fair If I were to live on welfare in a ghetto how much easier would it be for me to walk into a place of employment and get a job I think and I believe that William Julius Wilson agrees with me that it would be all too simple I am not only white but I also come from a culture and social structure that has set me up with a huge realm of possibilities for life - I in essence cannot fail In a similar vein yet coming from the opposite end of the spectrum in his book When Work Disappears The World of the New Urban Poor Wilson argues that the
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