In a New York Times op-ed titled “How We Are Ruining America,” columnist David Brooks wrote about income inequality in the U.S. and the inherent advantage that upper-middle-class citizens have in our society. While he began the piece with some concrete statistics about class structure, his point got derailed when he told the story of a meal he had with a friend with a lower level of education than himself.
The paragraph was widely criticized as condescending on Twitter, with journalist Max Read calling it “utterly insane.”
Others went with pure mockery, as Twitter does best.
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