Because we live in a multicultural society, it’s important to understand (and appreciate) the distinctive tastes of the various groups that make up America. In that spirit, check out the web site called Stuff White People Like. Essays are contributed by readers, co-op style (which is fitting, considering that #48 on the list is “Whole Foods and grocery co-ops”). What others things do we white people like? We like Asian fusion food, Oscar parties, having gay friends, farmers markets and writing workshops. Oh, and we like knowing what’s best for poor people. There are dozens of other things listed, so take a look — and if you’re white, be prepared to wince in recognition.
Along a similar line, and with that same self-mocking tone, White Whine offers a fresh, new white-person complaint every day of the week. A few days ago I found this one, for instance: “Explain to me how health insurance doesn’t cover pilates class. Typical.” Then there was this: “Honestly, you’d think that when my Land Rover is getting worked on at the dealership they’d give me another Land Rover to drive in the meantime. A Honda Accord? Really?” Or this all-time classic: “Why was the year of my birth such a disappointing year for bordeaux?” Again, it’s a co-op. Feel free to bring something to the table.
As long as we’re making fun of all things white, it’s appropriate to finish with this video, which calls itself “Honest R&B.” The white-boy singer explains that while he’d like to make love all night long, he’s really only capable of giving it seven minutes or so, and that’s “if you don’t move around too much.” Otherwise, four minutes — tops.