Talk about your cultural elite living in an East Coast bubble! The New York Times’ David Brooks just stepped in it big time.
In his latest op-ed, Brooks writes on “How We Are Ruining America,” but instead of just writing his name in the body, he wasted 17 whole paragraphs touting his intellect above others’ and complaining that the college-educated/upper-middle-class have too much privilege in their lifestyles. With his own degree from the University of Chicago, it’s the classic pot calling the kettle black. But it was one particular paragraph that sent him up the creek faster than the others:
Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.
This led to hilarious fallout on Twitter from all sides of the political spectrum:
But Brooks' larger “point” was just as pathetic in stating that the educated class, including himself, “have created barriers to mobility that are more devastating for being invisible.”
“To feel at home in opportunity-rich areas, you’ve got to understand the right barre techniques, sport the right baby carrier, have the right podcast, food truck, tea, wine and Pilates tastes, not to mention possess the right attitudes about David Foster Wallace, child-rearing, gender norms and intersectionality,” he adds.
Brooks’s conclusion was that less-educated Americans aren’t capable of naming such things, much less understand them.
Last week, Brooks’s column was about the art of bailing in the digital world and how smartphones have allowed people to cancel plans with friends and co-workers too easily; something he views as problematic. So, with both of these articles coming back-to-back, many were left wondering if Brooks, in fact, has any friends: