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Stuff White People Like

February 25th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Interesting

The following is an excerpt of the Op/Ed piece by Gregory Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Times about the website Stuff 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.”

I first noticed the website Stuff White People Like when I was browsing through the website Fimoculous. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to laugh until I peed on myself or if I was a little angry at how he lumped every white person into one category. I opted for laughing until I peed on myself and learning a lesson. I think he is only giving us a taste of what minorities face each day. I thought it was cool when I read this op-ed that gives another perspective on the site!

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  • pilotg2

    I hope the lesson you learned was to wear adult diapers, because you never know when you will be laughing and peeing yourself. Although you may want to see a doctor, poor bladder control can be a sign of something serious. Or it could just be education, at Tech it is a prerequisite to get in.

    Nice site, i may have to include this in my regular reading list.

  • Beekers

    ewwwwwww, good dig. UGA used things like your GPA and SAT score to determine if you got in. I kinda figured Tech people just needed to be potty trained. Did you get college credit if you can spell your name and not loose your balance?

  • pilotg2

    Oh no you didn’t!!!!
    Actually at Tech was extra credit if you could keep your balance.

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