#37 Renovations: All white people are born with a singular mission in life in order to pass from regular whitehood into ultra-whitehood. Much like how Muslims have to visit Mecca, all white people must eventually renovate a house before they can be complete.
– Taken from Stuff White People Like
Cultural diversity is a big thing on this blog. We are trying to make sense of our countries as a place where Western and non-Western cultures can live together. We travel the world and report on our findings. And, not in the last place, all contributors are from different countries.
Nevertheless, we are all white… And there’s no nicer way to break it to you, but my legs look like milk bottles when I wear shorts in summer, I listen to 80s rock, Michael Jackson and Sonic Youth, my favourite sport is soccer and I love Asian restaurants.
So check out the blog Stuff White People Like if you feel like laughing your ass off, or, in case you are white, are in urgent need of some self-knowledge and perspective.
Oh, and please also look at the stock photography the website is using, which, at times, enhances the irony to almost unbearable heights:
But there is more than meets the eye. The articles on Stuff White People Like implicitly reveal how power and subordination is exercised through seemingly benevolent issues such as ‘knowing what’s good for poor people’, ‘diversity’ and ‘travelling’. Which proves in the end that point #50, irony – which ties together the whole purpose of the website – is in fact as white as white can be. And, moreover, is a way to justify overruling, criticising and domination of other cultures, as we saw for instance in the Danish cartoon conflict.
Some of my favourite points:
#70 difficult breakups
#62 knowing what’s good for poor people
#18 Awareness: An interesting fact about white people is that they firmly believe that all of the world’s problems can be solved through “awareness.”
#7 Diversity: White people love ethnic diversity, but only as it relates to restaurants.
#4 Assists: In basketball, it’s kind of a must so that white guys can carve out a niche and guarantee acceptance on a team.