Posts Tagged: White People

The Mathematics of Re-Calibration

An electorate reshaped by a growing presence of liberal millennials, minorities, and a secular, unmarried and educated white voting bloc will most likely force Republicans to recalibrate. … When Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, white voters without a college degree made up 65 percent of the electorate; by 2012, that number had dropped to 36 percent.

The latter statistic is more complicated than it seems, in large part because more people than ever are getting college degrees—33.5 percent of people between the ages of twenty-five and twenty-nine had a bachelor's degree in 2012, versus 24.7 percent in 1995 versus 21.9 percent in 1975, according to [...]


Coming Soon (Again): The White Guy’s Nonwhite Sidekick

If the trailers in theaters now are any sorts of indicator, 2014 isn’t going to do much for Hollywood's endless race problem. The newsflash here is that while we’ll be watching Indian and Middle Eastern characters on screen, it will be 2015 (2016? 2017? 2064?) before they’re actually, like, people, in addition to just being "diverse."

I’m thinking of three forthcoming films in particular that seem to play dangerously into the trope of white male leads possessing “ethnic” boy sidekicks: Million Dollar Arm, about a (white) agent’s search for an Indian baseball player; Bad Words, about a (white) 40-year-old spelling bee champ with a nonwhite frenemy, and Wes Anderson’s [...]


Writer Takes Issue With White People

"When Postal Service fans get aggressively upset over a black opening act, that's evidence of a bigger problem" On so very many levels.


The Carroll Gardens Homeless Shelter Crisis Standoff, Day 12

It has been really fun to watch reporter Andrew Rice follow the story of a homeless shelter being proposed in Carroll Gardens. It is basically his Silent Spring.


The Definitive List Of White Music Stolen By Black People

Last week, Onion A.V. Club writer Noel Murray complained about the trend of people rejecting things—food, films, music—as being “for white people.” “The ‘white people are square and bland’ gag is an old one, and for the most part, it’s both harmless and healthy,” Murray wrote. “But increasingly, people aren’t sniping about ‘whiteness’ to be funny, or even defiant—at least not entirely. They’re using the term as a form of criticism, meant to be dismissive. … ‘That sounds like music for white people,’ is another way of saying, ‘That can’t be any good.’ And I do have a problem with that.”

To some degree, we trio of black people agrees [...]


Government (Accidentally) Seizes Schmancy Websites!

First they came for the hip hop websites, when Homeland Security seized the servers of popular websites OnSmash and RapGodfathers, due to "copyright" claims. But though that was a huge deal, the WHITE MEDIA couldn't sustain much interest or outrage. Now the government has come for the white people Internet, so attention will be paid! Last night, the FBI raided a data center that included hosting for Curbed, Eater and Instapaper, all of which cater to the iPhone and garlic scapes set, allegedly and supposedly in an attempt to grab info on some servers used by LulzSec, the "computer hacker group" who recently messed with PBS [...]


"8 Reasons to Date a White Man": Local Slideshow Amuses

"Ever wonder why White people can date the friends of exes and so on? It's because they don't let the past hinder the present." -8 Reasons To Date A White Man. (Also known as "8 Reasons to–WHAT? NO SHE DID NOT.") (via)


Recent White Apologies, Ranked

16. "Thanks for taking the time to talk Mr. President. Your words meant alot."—Justin Bieber, after he shouted "Fuck Bill Clinton!" while peeing in a bucket. [Twitter]

15. "I am learning." —Rachael Sacks, author of "I’m Not Going To Pretend That I’m Poor To Be Accepted By You." [Thought Catalog]

14. "I am learning how to learn." —Tal Fortgang, author of "Checking My Privilege: Character as the Basis of Privilege" [NYT]

13. "I love Korea. Im sorry" —Justin Bieber, after he posted photos of his visit to a Japanese war memorial widely understood by other Pacific [...]


Are White People Aliens? Canadian Says Yes.

"A former Canadian defense minister has declared on Russian TV that not only do aliens already walk amongst us but they are refusing to share their advanced technologies until we change our warring and polluting ways."


Rand Paul Has Something To Say To Today's African-American Kids

"And here I am today at Howard, a historically black college. Here I am, a guy who once presumed to discuss a section of the Civil Rights Act. Some have said that I’m either brave or crazy to be here today. I’ve never been one to watch the world go by without participating. I wake up each day hoping to make a difference. I take to heart the words of Toni Morrison of Howard University, who wrote: 'If there is a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.'" —If you've been waiting for the sketch comedy bit where Rand Paul [...]


How To Understand White People

"Every thanksgiving I listen to [Fleetwood Mac's Rumours] and watch The Big Chill. I feel like it's made me understand white people a little better." I can't argue with this logic.


Rock Music Makes White People Extra-Racist

"Just a few minutes of listening to mainstream rock music such as Bruce Springsteen and the White Stripes is enough to make white students focus on the interests of other whites at the expense of back people and latinos. White students who listened to Top 40 pop – made by artists such as Gwen Stefani and Akon – were fairer towards other ethnic groups. The researchers, who tested 138 students with different genres, say the finding shows that because rock is associated with white people, people unconsciously favour their own race after listening."


White People Are Crazy

"In a newly published study, three University of Oklahoma researchers report there is a higher rate of accidental deaths among whites (but not nonwhites) in the American South and West — regions where a 'culture of honor' makes backing down from a challenge problematic for many males. Writing in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, they conclude men living in these regions 'might be more prone to engage in risky behaviors that sometimes lead to death,' because this willingness 'signifies that one possesses the "manly" attributes of strength and courage.'"


Actual Names of Actual People Who Plan to Attend the Dorrian's 50th Anniversary Festivities

50. Kingsley Crawford 49. Harry William Cyphers IV 48. Leckie Roberts 47. Madison Calvert 46. Victoria Alfred-Smythe 45. Chase Rowan


Whitest White People Got Whiter: Report

"European humans have become 'whiter' in the past 5,000 years, undergoing a distinct change in their DNA due to natural selection, according to scientists."


Here's Who To Blame For White People

"Light skin in Europeans stems from ONE 10,000-year-old ancestor who lived between India and the Middle East, claims study"


So Long, White Devils! Hello, "New Welfare Constituency"!

I'm relieved that the parties are less racially polarized than some polling suggested.

— Franklin Foer (@FranklinFoer) November 7, 2012

Oh yes? You don't want to buy the argument that white people are tribally clinging to a raft built by rich fellow white people, in part as an attempt to float away from the scary brown gay immigrants?

So then what happened last night? "Mr. Obama won despite losing the support of white voters by wide margins. Overall, he lost this group by 19 percentage points, even larger than his 12-point loss in 2008," says the New York Times. Now American politics has an [...]


The Coming Real Estate Disaster for White-People Brooklyn

So the Brooklyn baby boom for the white hipster crowd is in full amazing swing. Saturday in Carroll Gardens is Dadurday! So many bearded tattooed dads in cool kicks. And this crowd (ages 26 to 35, essentially) is relentlessly nuclear. These couples live alone with their one-and-a-half kids. So many scooters with matching helmets. And they are split between renters and owners.

Now, what I can tell you about this amazingly traditional set is that, as they approach 40, about half of them will be getting divorced. I'm sorry! But yes.

The stages of urban young adult life are: marriage boom, baby boom, divorce boom, believe it. It happens [...]


But What if Michael Vick Was a Vegetarian Mexican?

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Here's my ESPN mag essay about Michael Vick & race. I asked them not to call it What If Vick Were White but they did.Thu Aug 25 16:18:38 via Twitter for BlackBerry®TouréToure

How stupid are magazines? So stupid that the writers of the pieces for those magazines now tend to take to Twitter to denounce the packaging, headlining and illustration. (The illustration—Michael Vick whiteface—ESPN promptly removed; you can see it here.)

In any event, if you read the actual ESPN piece by Touré, [...]


Epidemic of Looting Terrorizes… the Media

In the wake of the devastation of last week's weather—178 tornadoes in two days! Hundreds dead, many missing—states from Tennessee to Alabama to Texas are beset with looters, we hear. Seven in Ohio! Three in St. Louis! Two in North Carolina! Maybe 20 all told in Alabama! Literally, perhaps three dozens of people have been arrested for looting in the past week.

(Can we have a sidebar? "In Alabama, businesses are prohibited after disasters from increasing the price of items for sale or rent by 25 percent or more above the average price charged in the same area within the last 30 [...]