White like us
A blogger explores the attitudes and foibles of a new minority group.
Six weeks ago, 29-year-old Culver City Internet copy writer Christian Lander started a blog, stuffwhitepeoplelike. wordpress.com, on a whim, thinking he’d poke fun at himself and fellow white people. Spending roughly two hours a day writing satirical posts about “stuff white people like,” Lander had no idea how much his little inside joke would catch on. In the first week, the site received about 200 hits a day. The next week it jumped to 600, and then 4,000 the next. By last week, he was averaging 300,000 daily hits.
Lander, who arrived in L.A. from Toronto 2 1/2 years ago, came up with the idea for the blog after talking to a Filipino friend about how much they both liked the HBO police drama “The Wire.” For some reason he’s already forgotten, they both wished that more white people watched the show. Which got him thinking: What exactly do white people like?
By “white people,” Lander doesn’t actually mean the more than 221 million Americans who check that box on the decennial census. But that’s part of the fun. Lander is doing to whites what scores of journalists and politicians do to non-white minorities every day, “essentializing” complex identities — that is, stripping away all variety and reducing them to their presumed authentic essences.
One irony-deficient reader complained that the blog was less about white people than it was about yuppies. And without knowing it, she was cutting to the heart of the joke. Lander is gently making fun of the many progressive, educated, upper-middle-class whites who think they are beyond ethnicity or collectively shared tastes, styles or outlook. He’s essentially reminding them that they too are part of a group.
While reading the comments section you can see that some folks like the site and some folks don’t. You be the judge. Some of this stuff is true. Read about white folks and shorts in the winter time. I have seen this in the D.C. area in January & February. January 2007 I blogged about folks in the D.C. area getting a suntan in early January when we had a warm spell. You can check out Stuff That White People Like here.
And again while checking out Booker Rising, in the comments section someone had posted a link to a site called Stuff Educated Black People Like. I’ve been checking this one out and some of this stuff is so true.
Enjoy both sites 🙂