Do we all have an equal opportunity to succeed in life?

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This is, to some degree, a matter of personal opinion.  I would argue very strongly that we do not all have equal opportunities to succeed in life.  It may be true that we have equal legal opportunities (though this is questionable in my mind), but we certainly do not have equal opportunities to succeed in real life.

We can argue that people have equal legal opportunities to get ahead.  All people of all races and all income levels are equal in the eyes of the law.  We do not have, for example, schools that are legally reserved for whites or for rich people.  Poor people and people of color are not legally prohibited from holding certain jobs.  Thus, we can say that we have equal opportunities.

However, I would disagree with this conclusion in two main ways.  First, poorer people do face real barriers to...

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