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Americas Diversity, or the Lack Thereof

In David Brooks's essay "People Like Us", he brings up the controversial idea that America may not be as diverse as the country markets itself as. Despite how unpopular this opinion may be, I agree with it as well. Even with the modern invention of the internet, diversity is still not achieved. People are more likely to flock where they are comfortable--in the real world and online--so our country may seem diverse as a whole, but when you look deeper into it areas are segregated by peoples' beliefs. As David Brooks said, "But human nature being what it is, most places and institutions are going to remain culturally homogeneous." which is a sad truth, but it is what we must acknowledge about our communities and strive to become more aware of our lack of diversity.

America's Diversity, or the Lack Thereof


In David Brooks's essay "People Like Us", he brings up the controversial idea that America may not be as diverse as the country markets itself as. Despite how unpopular this opinion may be, I agree with it as well. Even with the modern invention of the internet, diversity is still not achieved. People are more likely to flock where they are comfortable--in the real world and online--so our country may seem diverse as a whole, but when you look deeper into it areas are segregated by peoples' beliefs. As David Brooks said, "But human nature being what it is, most places and institutions are going to remain culturally homogeneous." which is a sad truth, but it is what we must acknowledge about our communities and strive to become more aware of our lack of diversity.
According to Adam McCann and statistics he published in his article "Most Diverse Cities in the U.S." the three most ethnically diverse cities in America are Houston, Texas; Jersey City, New Jersey; and New York City, New York. While these cities may be more diverse than the average city, there are still parts of them that are horrifically undiverse. In Houston, there are high cultural and religious diversity rates but the ones for economic diversity are much lower. New Jersey and New York City also have even lower economic diversity, because the cost of living in these "diverse" places are extremely high so all these people in these cities are easy to flock together due to their uniform commonalities. New York City is especially well known for its smaller "micro-cities" within its boroughs, the most well-known ones being ChinaTown and Little Italy (Geier, 2015). The lack of diversity in these small subsets of the city is quite apparent, and it barely even seems like they are part of America. Many other large "diverse" cities are similar to New York City in this regard, such as Los Angeles, Boston, and even Houston--all of these cities are in the top fifty for the most "diverse" on McCann's list. It is typical for humans to stick to their nature and stay in their own congregations, so that is why this odd occurance is the way it is.
Almost everyone has heard this statement, or something along the lines of it, about the internet: "The internet connects all of us!" but this claim is simply not true. The internet has made us turn towards finding those with similar views to us, rather than broadening our horizons. Pew Research Center found out data regarding Instagram's user base and nearly half of the American users on the website are white (non-hispanic) people. On the other hand, it seems that more black internet users prefer using Twitter, with forty percent of african-americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine use Twitter, while non-hispanic cacausians in the same demographic is only in the twenty percent range (Wagner, 2014). Another study by the Pew Research Center also found out that a majority of adult Twitter users are not republican, with the numbers reaching over fifty percent. An additional demographic that is interesting is the age category of users on social media sites. Younger people want to go to sites with those who are similar in age--which likely means similar interests--while older people do the same actions for their population. Expert J. Clement states the following about Instagram's user base, "As of August 2019, 36.1 percent of U.S. Instagram users were between 25 and 34 years old. The second-largest user group was 18 to 24 year olds with a 22.3 percent share." Other websites, such as Facebook, the average age of a user on it in the United States are in their forties (Phillips, 2016). This shows people of certain racial groups, political identities, and age groups tend to gather to social media websites that share similarities with themselves.
All in all, the statistics back up the claim that our country is not as diverse as it says it is. Even the most divergent cities in this country still are homogeneous in some aspects. Additionally, the internet has not helped unite the different cultures of America, it has made us turn closer to who we are comfortable with and segregate into our own cultures. One day America may become a melting pot of cultures where everyone can get along and tolerate each other, but for now it seems that people are going to stay sheltered from those outside their bubble.
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