Friday, May 27th, 2011

Small Beach Town Freaked Out by Arrival of 250,000 Black People

Every year, "Urban Beach Week," in which (mostly) black people from all over the south converge on Miami Beach for fun and concerts and stuff, causes huge white anxiety. But no one's racist! "David Kelsey, president of the South Beach Hotel & Restaurant Association, says friction over the holiday weekend has been less about race than the conflict between the young party crowd and the luxury tourist clientele Miami Beach actively courts. 'There’s still a gulf between the crowd we’re attracting and the crowd we really want to attract and need for future business,' Kelsey said." He did!

Sure, who likes a bunch of partying kids? They throw up a lot, it's boring. But so "future business" is I guess… not black people, mostly. (Mostly white people prefer murderous Russian oligarchs—a much better class of character, I guess.) Except, for this weekend? "The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, where the average room starts at $389, is at least 97 percent booked." And? "The street scene has been good to Prestige Luxury Auto Rentals in Miami, which had rented out 80 percent of its stock by Tuesday, including all its $2,000-a-day Lamborghinis and even pricier Ferraris." So you know, "they" are all luxurious enough to rent the town's entire stock of $2000-a-day rental cars but not luxurious enough to be… white. (Also, I'm sorry, have none of these white people ever set foot inside a Louis Vuitton store? Who do you think made that into a bajillion-dollar business?) Anyway, fine: more room at the Young Jeezy, Raekwon and Lil Wayne parties—and the Busta Rhymes All White Yacht Party. (LOL, yes he did.)

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Matt (#26)


freetzy (#7,018)

So "urban" still means "black"? I did not know that.

jolie (#16)

(Also, I'm sorry, have none of these white people ever set foot inside a Louis Vuitton store? Who do you think made that into a bajillion-dollar business?)

David Cho?

IBentMyWookie (#133)

@jolie Oooh, are you calling Cho a basic bitch?

@IBentMyWookie Asians are black people too. (Sometimes.) (KIMORA!!!)

jolie (#16)

@IBentMyWookie No but I think you just did!

@Choire: Woof there's a Listicle topic for ya!

IBentMyWookie (#133)

@Choire Sicha they're called Filipinos.

deepomega (#1,720)

@Choire Sicha: Yeah, remember the Korean shop owner at the end of Do The Right Thing?

tigolbitties (#2,150)

@Choire Sicha please do as jolie has suggested and come up with a listicle of blasians.
i ask this for purely selfish reasons, but you will be cited in my dissertation! who doesn't want to be cited in a dissertation?????

Nothing to freaknik out about.

HiredGoons (#603)

Let me know when somebody dressed as Donald Duck does a bunch of meth and starts stabbing dogs, then I'll care.

cory dodt@twitter (#12,071)

> Anyway, fine: more room at the Young Jeezy, Raekwon and Lil Wayne parties—

And no room at the inn. Jesus would not approve. This sort of thing is exactly why these hotel owners did not get raptured.

deepomega (#1,720)

Great thing I read last week about applied racism in feminist organizations – the conclusion was that racism isn't white dudes in seersucker suits with Colonel Sanders mustaches and string ties lynching people, it's a bunch of white people acting to make themselves feel just a little bit less uncomfortable when the source of their discomfort is The Minorities. It's the intersection of personal moral turpitude, and white people owning all the businesses/power.

@deepomega Ooh, I read that too, about reshaping nonprofit organizations. It was very very good!

runsinbackground (#10,344)

@deepomega One point that I'd like to make about "white people owning all the businesses/power" is that to a certain extent what you're referring to isn't "whiteness" in the sense of skin color, it's "whiteness" in the sense that is synonymous with "privilege." If a person of African, or Latin American (or some other brown-person place) decent were to become rich, the holder of a high political office, or otherwise influential, they would begin acting in the way you're describing, because the things that are in their interest to want would have changed with their station. Not that either you or Choire have forgotten this, I'm sure.

Rollo (#3,202)

@Choire Sicha @deepomega Oh, don't bother linking to the thing or even mentioning where it was published. It's not like anyone here would want to read it. SHEESH!

@deepomega @Choire Sicha: So it sounds like the conclusion of this article is that racism (and therefore sexism) is fundamentally a class construct. When a class-based analysis is applied, race and gender become negligible.

Thanks for the link to said article, BTW.

Max Clarke (#3,635)

Ah yes. Because South Beach is usually so classy and refined.

pot-pourri (#722)

I was there once, four or five years ago. It's hard to describe the experience without coming off as completely racist. So I won't. Honestly, it wasn't the worst thing ever but it won't rank among the most pleasant experience of my life. Although I think that a quarter million drunk white assholes listening to loud shitty music would have been equally annoying.

Miami Beach on Memorial Day Weekend reminds me that despite its cosmopolitan facade, I live in one of the most racist communities in America. The city invites these kids down, rips them off something rotten, calls them "chardos" (niggers) behind their backs and then throws them into jail for minor quality -of-life offenses that on any other weekend the police would ignore. Not that the Anglos are much better, but the visceral hatred towards African-Americans among Cubans (especially the older ones) is unbelievable.

Lil' J-Sobe (#13,217)

Yo Choire: Learn how to punctuate so your stories will be less un-intelligible. And no, this is not a race thing. And yes, I used a double negative on purpose.
Seriously – learn how to write. It will make your screeds a little more believable.

Oh, ow, my feelings, you hurt them sooooo much! :(

Just kidding! I'm fine, thanks.

Anyway, did you have a thing to say about something?

It's not a race thing, really? Check out this clip from the popular show "Esta Noche Tu Night" which is shown on Mega TV in Miami and regularly features a character in black face and a fright wig making fun of the Obamas. And trust me, this is mild compared to what you hear every day down here.

The irony is the show's host is half-black and he regularly features black guests.

On a typical weekend here in Miami, there aren't gunfights on the street. Last night? There were two, leaving one dead and six injured, including three police officers.

Dan-O (#13,376)

All the racism comments aside here–were the majority of the visitors well-behaved? If so then there shouldn't be a problem. I went to school in Miami and did find it to be segregated but no more so than most large cities.

What does make many people uncomfortable (and not just whites)is the gangsta-thug thing which seems to drag the perception of the black community down–perhaps that needs to be worked on. I think there is more than racism in play here.

By the way, nice angry image to bestow on everyone Choire–perhaps you need to change your pic . . .

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