English 102 Sections 169
February 16, 2014
When I lived back in Russia, we obtained with this great chance to come to a County called America. When I overheard about it from my parents I was the happiest person in the whole entire planet. It was America! My sister and I would sit in one of the corners of the room and share our happiness. We would spend hours and hours talking about America. I had a strong impression of America. Why wouldn’t I, right? Everyone knows America as a free country; where everyone respects each other, everyone smiles at each other, everyone is family and, most importantly there is no racial discrimination. There is no one that will judge me by my race, right? After coming here for few years everything was the same as I imagined, until the day I start sighting changes at my school, around my neighborhood, and in the TV. I witnessed that although people were different everyone around was with people the same similar to them. I told my self to realize the truth; America is a diverse nation. Nobody cares who you are and where you’re from. I was still trying to think positive, until I read the essay David Brooks wrote, and then I told my self to wake up and realize the actuality. I agreed with David Brooks, the author of the essay “People Like Us”. Brooks discuses diversity in United States and claims to his fellow Americans that while the United States is filled with diverse human beings no matter where you find yourself, you will still find similar people with related race, culture, and ethnicity. No one is moving in the direction of trying to make a change. By using direct questions, compare, and contrast Brooks effectively argues that Americans should let themselves open towards others. They ought get to know one another’s compassions and humanities. Glance around and see the freedom you think there is, if there is any.
David Brooks, a New York Times Op-Ed journalist who have written the most dissenting words that has been ever published in the New York Times. Brooks is a sharp observer of the American way of life, he has the ability to realize the life outside if him. He brings his audiences face to face with the truth. The truth the people don’t pay attention to, particularly after the cause of 9/11. “People Like Us” was published in September 2003, two years after 9/11 tragic. Even though two years past by the government and the false media holds people back to the same day when the horrible tragic took place. Before 9/11, America seemed to be a peace country; Americans were calm towards other religions and towards one another. After 9/11 it appears like many had and have trusting issues towards other religions, even other societies around them. Folks don’t realize how they are fleeing away from each other. We the people from elder to youngest, from richest to poorest are Brooks audiences.
Through the use of direct questions Brooks makes his audiences feel guilty he blames the citizens of America for not making any progress on diversity. He says, “Maybe it’s time to admit the obvious. We don’t really care about diversity all that much in America” (Brooks 132). By saying this Brooks claims that maybe we should open our eyes and see what we are causing and whom we are causing. We tend to ignore the diversity and act like everything is the way it should be. David Brooks further questions his audience “Look around at your daily life. Are you really in touch with the broad diversity of American life? Do you care? (Brooks 136).” Brook urges us to realize and see if we really show the humanity we think we have. Do we care about the things happen around us? Do we tent to do something about it? Or we just don’t care because we are afraid of getting involved.
Once Brooks has gotten his audiences to wake up and see the reality of the situation. Brooks uses compare and contrast to make his audience see how people separate themselves from those who are