Lite Discussion Friday: Race in America

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Here’s an article, from theroot.com, about the ubiquitous stuffwhitepeoplelike blog. The author, Gary Dauphin, admits that his main reason for disliking the site is because it is so successful. He reports that Lander, the creator, has already reportedly been offered a $350K-plus book deal from Random House. He says nothing gets under his skin, “like the spectacle of a twentysomething white kid doing what twentysomething white kids do all the time, namely, play on some or another aspect of their race for smug fun and profit.” Also interesting that he reports that Lander explains that he "came up with the idea for the blog after talking to a Filipino friend about how much they both liked the HBO police drama "The Wire."” Yet, “the SWPL entry on The Wire summarily disappears (or is that assimilates?) the Filipino friend….(I guess stuffmeandmyfilipinofriendslike.com didn't have that magic ring).”

I’m also curious to know if anyone else saw the following SNL Weekend Updates, and what you think? Bitch-is-the-new-black and Black-is-the-new-president

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the iconoclastic bandwagon

count me in.  i'd love to hate something as popular SWPL. 

that said, are 20something white kids really exploiting their own race for smug fun and profit "all the time?"  and are they alone doing it?  this guy is a comedian and that's what comedians do -- they make fun of themselves and their background.  fat comics exploit the obese for smug fun and profit.  women comics, chinese comics, disabled comics, black comics -- they all do it too.  and it's so tired, it's rarely funny -- unless they're hitting on some taboo truths (like chris rock's difference between black people and ...).