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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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It was his observation about his friend who only had a high school degree that was most offensive. It just reeked of his own classism and condescension to assume what he did. In my mind, all he did was affirm her social exclusion. Also, I can only imagine how she must feel after being used as his example in a national column. Although he thinks he was trying to point out barriers, all he really did was reinforce them by suggesting they go elsewhere, not at her prodding, but because he assumed it was too much for her.

If he wanted her to feel comfortable he could have asked the deli some questions as if he wasn't sure what everything was to put her at ease. Or, he could have made a recommendation if she seemed unsure: " I tried that sandwich once and it was really good!"

It just seems like there were so many ways he could have made her a part of things and " included" her, and instead, he indulged in his own perceptions of what she could handle.

For me, Brooks in this column is mostly teaching to a choir I'm a member of, which should make me suspicious.

Terri's point is a good one, though. Some of it might depend on how the relationship between Brooks and his friend works (are they close friends?). Still, it might be unwittingly reinforcing Brooks's own point.

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