L.A. Times Story on “Stuff White People Like”

More stuff white people like: Kashi cereal, Celestial Seasonings teas, Volvos, Coldplay, Buddha, The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Grateful Dead, The Rough Guide’s “First-Time Asia”

The L.A. Times has an article on the blog Stuff White People Like.
No wonder I like the blog — it was created by a guy who came from Toronto after he was chatting with a Filipino friend.

Here’s a noteworthy excerpt from the article:

Lander, who arrived in L.A. from Toronto 2 1/2 years ago, 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.” For some reason he’s already forgotten, they both wished that more white people watched the show. Which got him thinking: What exactly do white people like?

By “white people,” Lander doesn’t actually mean the more than 221 million Americans who check that box on the decennial census. But that’s part of the fun. Lander is doing to whites what scores of journalists and politicians do to non-white minorities every day, “essentializing” complex identities — that is, stripping away all variety and reducing them to their presumed authentic essences.

One irony-deficient reader complained that the blog was less about white people than it was about yuppies. And without knowing it, she was cutting to the heart of the joke. Lander is gently making fun of the many progressive, educated, upper-middle-class whites who think they are beyond ethnicity or collectively shared tastes, styles or outlook. He’s essentially reminding them that they too are part of a group.

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