Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Hipster Racism: It's Everywhere!

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

If you're anything like me --which I assume you are because you're reading this blog -- headlines with the words 'hipster racism' in them catch your eye. Well, last week, blogger Lindy West posted an article titled A Complete Guide to 'Hipster Racism,' on Jezebel.com. The article was tweeted, liked and re-sent all around the internet. Many of you probably saw it. Many of you might have agreed with much of the author's opinions and ideas. I did. Many of you might of spent way too much time reading the hundreds of comments on the post and arguing out loud with some of them. I did that too.

But for the rest of you who never heard the phrase, 'hipster racism,' or who like me, erroneously thought the phrase was coined by West, then please take a moment to school yourself over at racialicous.com where they break down the history of hipster racism and remind us that they've been keeping track of this insidious brand of racist thought since 2006.

But at the end of the day, I have to ask. Isn't racism by any other name, still just racism?

How would you define hipster racism? 'm listening.

Peace!

2 comments:

Arlene Gibbs D├ęcor said...

I'm with you. Racism is racism. I don't care what it's called, hipster, old-school, post-racial, etc. etc.

But I do think it's funny that some hipsters are indignant when you call them out on their racism. It's as if hipster = not racist. Incorrect!

Anonymous said...

Just the seeing the word "hipster" made me want to vomit!