Growing up in country-behind Cleveland, Ohio, (yes, it’s country, we all migrated from Mississippi and Alabama, and the proof spills forth the moment I open my mouth) I was always the “white girl” of my huge extended family: Daddy moved us to the â€˜burbs, and I used correct grammar and made straight As. Nevermind that I was always the hood one out of the suburban crew, the one who spent her weekends across town playing “drive-by” (it involved hiding behind cars and bushes to thwart imaginary bullets from cars riding by) and running to the store to buy Newports for my older cousins. But I digress.
This trip down memory lane is brought to you by the recent publishing of a hilarious book by Christian Lander, Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions. I’m sure you got that email with the link to the hilarious site Stuff White People Like ages ago, quickly followed by the link to the unrelated Stuff Educated Black People Like. After LMFAO at my desk, I moved on, but seeing this new book made me take a second look at both sites. And the more I read, the more I realized: White People and Educated Black People are basically the same folks!
That’s right, maybe my cousins were on to something all those years ago. Now I’m not questioning my (or anyone else’s) blackness, or saying that educated = white; that’s stupid, and certainly not something an EBP would do. But I am saying that reading those lists was so damn funny because I identified with a lot of the items on both. And I submit that many things on the two sites are interchangeable, especially when you know that Lander says his list is for “mostly left-wing, upper-middle-class” WP.
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