1 Haley Allen Argumentative Analysis 14 October, 2015 The Birds of a Feather Don’t Always Flock Together There are few things more horrifying to a teenage girl than finding a seat in the cafeteria on the first day of school. As Regina George puts it, “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” This recognized quote from the movie Mean Girls displays exactly how much uniformity can be enforced in social situations, especially with adolescents. As a new student, one of the most pressing issues is always finding where exactly you fit in with your peers. Immediately one will notice the segregation of lunch room by tables: the band geeks, nerds, gamers, jocks, stoners, and of course, the popular girls. Queen bee Regina George enforces a strict dress code for the other girls at her lunch table, and one slight non conformity will get any of her fellow wannabes exiled immediately. Although this is just a scene from a movie, many people can relate to this typical cafeteria divide. In David Brooks’ excerpt “People Like Us,” he uses a variety of examples from society to argue that America does not truly care about diversity; people advocate for it without actually taking action to make it happen. While it is true that people do tend to flock towards others that share the same values and interests as themselves, this does not necessarily mean that diversity is absent or unvalued in American society. One common trait among a group does not constitute for overall similarity, thus diversity may still exist within other aspects of the group. A vague example given by Brooks is that “In the Washington D.C., area Democratic lawyers tend to live in suburban Maryland, and Republican
2 lawyers tend to live in suburban Virginia,” (Brooks 331). Just because one city tends to draw in citizens of a certain political party doesn’t mean the whole city is monogamous. Diversity includes an infinite amount of traits far beyond simple political beliefs. Virginia suburbs may lean to the right generally, but the makeup of the city can still be extremely diverse in terms of religion, socioeconomic status, sexuality, age, gender, and much more. He fails to adequately gauge diversity by focusing on one simple trait rather than the whole general make up of these populations. Brooks calls out the hypocrisy of many high standing universities noting that, “No
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