Why Is It Okay To Make Fun Of White People?
Ugly sweater parties, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, and appearing to enjoy Classical music. What do these three things have in common, you ask? Why, they're just a few things that white people like.
At least according to Stuff White People Like they are, a popular blog (really, really popular - the blog has 84,903,826 views as of this Hub's publication date) that seeks to "highlight and explain stuff white people like."
Admittedly, I got a huge kick out of the site. So much so I purchased the site creator's book, . And yeah, I laughed at the book, too. Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle's Sweaters to Maine's Microbrews
I showed the book and website to some white friends of mine (that phrase just made me cringe a little, by the way) and they laughed heartily. It made me wonder if I'd have the same reaction if presented with an entire website or book devoted to the "stuff black people like." Honestly, my reaction would depend on the ethnicity of the person who created the site.
But what about White People? Even if the site had been created by a non-white person, I believe it would be just as popular. So the original question remains, why is it OK to make fun of white people?
Comedians of all races apparently got the memo that white people are fair game. Listen to almost any routine and be treated to jokes about the speech patterns, behavior, dress of white people.
Perform a search for "making fun of white people" and you can browse over 133 million pages of content, with the first result being - you guessed it - Stuff White People Like.
Is this merely the way it is?
Is it that ridicule of the dominant cultural/ethnic group is accepted because it is perceived (and in many cases, factual) that the group is or was the purveyor of oppression of the minority groups with which it shares the land?
What do you think? Why is it OK to make fun of white people?