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.
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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