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Blog About White People Causing Stir

As the blog Stuff White People Like gets increasingly popular, it's also fielding more criticism. Some people are less than enthused about being linked to characterizations based on race.

Some speculate that the site's popularity is a reflection of America's obsession with race. I tend to think that most people are narcissistic and love hearing accurate descriptions of their lives repeated in a funny way. Example:

Though many would have you believe that white people come of age at Summer Camp, it’s simply not the truth. Immediately following graduation but prior to renovating a house, white people take their first step from childhood to maturity by hosting a successful dinner party.

Race has always been a controversial, and successful source of comedy. Are you offended or amused by a blog that finds humor by making generalizations about "white people"?

P.S. Have some more controversy with your Friday happy hour — check out White Whine.

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randominfo randominfo 8 years
"Stuff White People Like" is nothing more than well written humorous social commentary directed towards upper middle-class culture. Any given episode of the Simpson's or Family Guy has more controversial content than this blog. Oh, and remember the Tasteless Jokes book series? Here's an article that summarizes this blog about white people. http://www.topicalstuff.com/articles/blog-about-white-people
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Lashea, oppression is not race based, it runs across history from the earliest records, it is more related to greed, tribalism, nationalism, and religion. Ask the Irish and the Scottish about English, Muslim vs. Hindu on the Indian sub continent, Tutsi vs. Hutu in Ruwanda, Yoruba vs. Hausa vs. Igbo in Nigeria, the Hema vs. the Lendu in the Congo. Literally there are thousands of examples over the last 5,000 years. I would suggest that you read “Creating the Millionaire Mind” by Dennis Kimbro Ph.D. Here is the link: http://www.black-collegian.com/issues/Gradissue07/millionaire_0607.htm I think it will give you a better perspective of the African American in the U.S., and what is needed for success. Wealth = Power, not race, religion, gender. Yes some have more to overcome then others, but education is the great equalizer. The college educated, black, white, male, female, straight, gay, Catholic, Muslim, Protestant, Jew, atheist, has a LOT MORE going for them then the white male high school graduate, let alone the high school drop out.
lashea_ lashea_ 8 years
I dont understand wh white people would get offended you have everything you have equality and because you have basically opressed every other race, I think we all have the right to make fun of you plus im pretty sure white people wrot the blog. get over it when minorities are totally equal in power and everything you can make all the black and hispanic what have you jokes you want. but until then, no you can't say the n word and yes we can call you crakers. in exchange you get all the power in the world and basically make sure everyone knows that you are in charge. i think that its a pretty okay deal. get over it.
discodivared discodivared 8 years
I think it's funny, I tend to not let stuff like that offend me. Of course I also agree with everyone else, if this was about another race, it would automatically become offensive. People need to just lighten up. LOL!
honeycreepshow honeycreepshow 8 years
HAHAH that website is HILARIOUS. And so, so, so accurate. I think sometimes EVERYONE needs to step back, take a look at themselves from the outside, and have a good laugh.
lula29 lula29 8 years
I would say yes, but I would also say he's an agent of reconciliation because he's a product of it. I feel that many of my generation are like Obama in that sense. Though myself, I'm not biracial, I'm definitely a product of all the efforts of intergrationist of the 50's, 60's and 70's. I went to a racially diverse school (and when I say racially diverse, I'm not just talking Black and White, I mean also, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Native Indian). I had a racially diverse set of close friends. My best friend who I love to this day is Vietnamese and our other close friend is Puerto Rican. It's funny because we were often asked how we ended up hanging out and being so close due to our ethnic differences, but honestly these days I see this more and more in the generation after me. Being a product of such racial diversity definitely makes me more active in pursuing more understanding between different groups because I know on a personal level that differences can be bridged and there's a lot to benefit from doing so. However, Obama hasn't set himself up as the great racial uniter. He has been forced into this position recently due to Rev. Wright's sermon. I believe when Obama speaks of unity he's talking politically. He's more interested in bridging the gap between liberals and conservatives because he thinks, as do I, that Americans really do have common goals and are more on the same page then what we're being told by Republicans and Democrats.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
so the dirty little secret about Obama is not that he is so much an agent of racial recociliation, but more of a product of it.
lula29 lula29 8 years
Grandpa, Well when Obama made the comment "typical white person" he was speaking in terms of a specific time period in which most White people held views of Black people that were considered prejudiced. He went on to say that, that has changed in this generation and such prejudice is not considered the norm. Here's the actual statement if you'd like to listen to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYudCtO8fdw "Typical Black person": A Black person born of two Black parents, more likely raised in a Christian household, more likely represents the families portrayed by Tyler Perry in most of his movies. Barack Obama is atypical to most mainstream Black folks. He's born of a White mother from Wichita, Ks (my hometown!). His father and step-father were both Muslim and his mother believed in learning all religions, he didn't really grow up with one main religious belief. He spent part of his life in Indonesia because his step-father was Asian. Obama identifies as a Black person, which he is, however, there is a mainstream Black culture and his life and experiences are atypical to that experience. This isn't at all a bad thing, in fact it's what drew me to him. I find his life story very interesting.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
lula29, would you be so kind as to define or describe who or what the typical white, and the typical black look and act and think like.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
It is offensive for the very reason we are not all "typical white or black", we are the sum total of our own life experience. Typical = Stereotype
lula29 lula29 8 years
Oh and btw, I guess I'm being racist too, because I often say that Barack Obama is not your "typical Black person". Who knew the word "typical" was so offensive.
lula29 lula29 8 years
Barack Obama made the "typical white person" comment about his own damn Grandmother. From the way his family sounds, they must be pretty frank when it comes to discussing and referencing race. No wonder they are so diverse, they don't take offense to petty things like the comment he made, which for whatever reason some people need to make into a racist comment. It's an election year and playing up reverse racism obviously works for certain audiences I guess. How sad. This is as bad as the way the press tried to say Jolie hates her daughter Shiloh because of the "blob" comment.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
The average Caucasian has as much in common with the "white power structure" as any black or Asian, probably less. You see the white power structure never had to worry about rent, food, or who their kids were hanging out with, or the quality of their public education. They are the “royalty” of America looking their noses down on the grubby, uneducated masses. They all go to the right schools, vacation in the right places, belong to the right college societies, and know that grades really do not matter, their future is secure. Being “socially conscious” is nothing new, historically they would fund a poor house, an orphanage, provide a turkey dinner for unfortunates on Thanksgiving or Christmas , then go back to their estate feeling good about themselves, but yet still wondering “How can people breed, live like that. Of the poor that made it out of poverty, invariably it was a group effort, whether generational family, or ethnic societies. They did no bemoan their fate, blame anyone else, each generation strived to see their kids do better then them. My wife’s father came from Greece (yes we actually lived “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”); he never got out of grade school. I was the first in my family with a high school diploma, yet both my wife and I have graduate degrees, and all our siblings have at least a bachelor’s degree. I grew up in Ireland, my experience growing up was different then my wife’s. We grew up in ethnic neighborhoods, Irish, Italian, German, Russian, Polish, Greek, Jewish (and that was further broken down by the ultra orthodox and in lieu of a better term regular), black, Puerto Rican. None of us had the same traditions, language, and culture. Fifty years ago a mixed marriage was an Italian marrying an Irish man or woman, and they were both Roman Catholic. Yet we were all AMERICANS first, we loved our country, and if ANYONE ever said “God Curse America”, he would have been mobbed. I have one son who married a Puerto Rican, and another who married a Filipino. I have grandchildren across the entire rainbow spectrum. Yet I have been called “Whitey” to my face more times then I can count, and probably a lot more then most black were called the so called the “N” word to their face. Obama failed in what I hoped he would be, a guy running for the highest office in the land. He had to come out and defend Rev. Jeremiah Wright; he had to put down the grandmother who raised him. He became the black candidate, running against the white establishment. 600,000 men died fighting a civil war to end slavery, wasn’t that enough of a “blood price”? We honor Dr. Martin Luther King, yet we forget what his mission was equality for all, that a person not be measured by the color of his skin, but by the strength of his character. Watch the movie “Mississippi Burning”, those were white kids killed in an effort to bring civil rights to all. Until we stop “understanding black rage” and start holding everyone to the same standard, we will never have “social justice”. Men like Bill Cosby, Thomas Sowell, and Clarence Thomas are reviled in certain segments of black society. Where is the outrage, where is the public condemnation of such attacks. Stop the ad homonym attacks, stop excusing or condemning by skin color, argue on the merits of the concept presented. Instead of arguing as to whose fault it is for getting us into this mess, how about discussing how we get out of this mess. Intact families, parental responsibility, speaking correct English, we all should be insisting that standard American be spoken in schools, stores, and to and between adults. You can not raise yourself up by pulling someone else down.
megnmac megnmac 8 years
I have been to this before, and thought it was pretty funny. Though I do agree it is discussing a very particular subset of white America - the subset that black comedians make fun of a lot, the upper-middle class, WASP white America. I was laughing about it today with a friend, since he was laughing at how much of the site was describing him (not white) just b/c he grew up in Santa Barbara as a privileged kid. I also joked with him that if he would go ahead and adopt some babies he'd be my trifecta friend - black, gay and a parent (a joke on the site). I think there is a pleasure and a humor is crushing the PC and acceptable things to say, and I think if this site is read with an eye toward it being some white ppl, not all, and generalized jokes about a spectrum of ppl, it is funny.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
I just read the comments...I'm glad the majority of the ladies on here understand that Stuff White People Like is a just for laughs website. When you start going into a tangent of "but what if there was a site like that for black people"...then you've completely MISSED the joke. Just read the post and if you have the ability to laugh, thank your parents and neighbors and teachers and friends because you, my friend, have a sense of humor...and that's something special indeed!!! PS: Maybe I'm dating myself, but this whole unnecessary "controversy" happened about 5 years ago...you know when the other JOKE website "Black People Love Us" came about!!!
tiabia tiabia 8 years
PS: There is a site called Stuff Educated Black People Like..it's hilarious as well, and pretty much on par...as I consider myself an educated Black!!!
tiabia tiabia 8 years
OK...that site is hilarious!!!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I have to admit: I was skimming through the titles and I was laughing. Hard. I don't think it's mean-spirited so I don't see the problem. It's also true. I think it's funny and endearing when stereotypes can be related to. That's how many comedians gain popularity. It's why Jeff Foxworthy can make jokes about rednecks, Ellen DeGeneres can relay common, every day "omg, I do that too!!" moments and it's so hilarious. Humans just like to know there are other people like them; it just lets them know that it's OK to be them.
NYFashionista NYFashionista 8 years
I'm a "minority" woman and I abide by the rule that I respect all people of all colors/races/religion (so long as you aren't being offensive). I know how to take a joke. It's interesting because at work (the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly) as a minority woman I've been made fun of by white co-workers and non-white co-workers. For example- I've been jokingly called a "terrorist" (My parents are from India...same thing right?). I know they don't mean anything by it and they aren't as ignorant as their jokes, but I don't stoop to their level and make fun of their "whiteness" or "blackness". Of course, I don't allow them to cross the line (and it's a fine line which I think is important to this issue..you never know what comment might anger who). I think in the public eye, things do have to be PC because we don't want things getting out of control, but on a community and personal level, there are still jokes/comments (with racist/sexist connotations) made between all groups.
stephley stephley 8 years
Whites still are the majority in this country and hold most of the power, so the balance when it comes to humor IS different. In the U.S., powerful whites have used stereotypes to hold other people back so now it can be uncomfortable when we try to be funny-it's going to take lots of time to change that. Clinton supporters are equally sensitive to any suggestion of sexism. My adopted daughter is black and when she was 4, we went to the movies in a predominantly black neighborhood. She looked around at the crowd and started to laugh and said 'Mommy, it's like the world changed and now it's all my people and you stick out.' I thought it was cool that she felt comfortable saying that to me, but there's no way that anything I would say in reverse would be even slightly amusing or helpful to our relationship. I hold too many cards.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Thank you Cine, you summed it up better than I could. Basically I think it should either be ok to much fun of everyone or no one. Certain people shouldn't get a pass.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
And southerners and christians! just like you mentioned!
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
"Not trying to hurt any feelings, but I'm just surprised at the many people continuing to pull the race card on this." I think it is more the awareness of a double standard . That if McCain had said anything remotely close to this, he would be destroyed by the media and the public and called a racists. I think a lot of people feel that anything can be said against whites in this country, but no other race.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Lula I personally don't take offense to the site or to Obama's remark. But I really don't think it can be argued that its equally as socialy acceptable to make fun of gays, Asians, Native Americans, Mexicans, anyone as it is to make fun of whites. As for the "typical white person" comment, again, had this comment come from John McCain and been "typical black person", we'd be having a very different conversation right now. But I agree that too many people nitpick and pull the race card.
nicachica nicachica 8 years
lol...i thought that site was pretty funny! i really liked the one about "if you're white, you have to like indie music"...not true about all white people but of the white people i know that like indie rock, it's spot on! anyways, this is obviously a satirical site along the lines of "you know you're black/from the west coast/etc." jokes that i've been seeing for years. some of them apply to your background and some don't and since it's a self-initiated joke, then it feels pretty harmless.
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