The Home of Free Speech - Sarah Brodsky 18514113 Sociology...

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Sarah Brodsky: 18514113 Sociology 3AC 9/22/06 The Home of Free Speech I found Sproul Plaza to be a very diverse area within the Berkeley campus. I noticed that the majority of the population of Sproul was a mix of Asian and White students. Along with the Asian and White students, were some Indian, Latino, and African American students. Out of all the races represented within Sproul, the smallest population was the African American population. There was an array of club booths representing almost every Asian ethnicity. The majority of the booths represented Korean, Japanese, and Chinese ethnicities. Looking upon Sproul from a macro perspective, which entails looking at the organization and structure of society (Lecture Notes, 9/6/06), I saw a very diverse and open community with minimal segregation. All races were mixed together, with the exception of some members of the Asian ethnic communities gathering around their own ethnicities’ club booth. I saw members of the community, such as locals and homeless, intermingled with students and felt a sense of pluralism, or “mutual respect between the various groups in a society for one another’s cultures” (Schaefer, 24), among the population. The community seemed to be moving and working together as a single body with a common goal. From a more micro perspective, which entails looking at the individual factors that form the base of society (Lecture Notes, 9/6/06); many ideas could be defined through the busy crowd around ethnic club booths. When asked, many members of the
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