Tuesday, March 23, 2010

From a Salon interview with Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People:


One of the biggest whiteness-themed pop culture sensations of the past few years was the blog Stuff White People Like. Many people thought it was racist. What did you think?

I was a professor at Princeton for a long time -- and I did my Ph.D. at Harvard -- and I circulated among wealthy people. So much of what is considered "what white people like" is what middle-class people like. I live in New Jersey and we have middle-class people of every background and we all like those same things. It's very common, particularly in the 20th century, to make the equation that white means middle-class. It's a lazy equation, and as time goes by it becomes lazier and lazier.

5 comments:

  1. I've always thought that site was racist, or at least obnoxiously wrong-headed. It's just stuff that yuppies/people with plenty of disposable income like, for sure.

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  2. yeah, i haven't looked at it too much, but it never seems to mention jeff foxworthy-style stuff. don't white people like nascar too? actually, foxworthy was smart by making his routine about "rednecks", poking fun at his own economic group (at least the one he presumably came from before he was famous), rather than making it about race.

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  3. Totally. It was not stuff white trash likes.

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  4. that blog makes me see red because it's so fucking classist.

    also, hi matt =)

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