As 2017 draws to a close, dingbats across the internet are racing to the bottom for “Most Obnoxious Crap Bunny of the Year.” Today’s contender is brought to you by BuzzFeed, which released an article titled “37 Things White People Need to Stop Ruining in 2018.” With a zinging subhead of “First of all, America.” Cute.
Take a bow, Patrice Peck. You’re a racist. Regardless of how trivial and inane the listicle is (Patrice thinks white people are ruining sneakers, protests [um, what’s she admitting here?], music, and all of America).
Obvious points first, just to get them out of the way:
If I were to write “37 Things Black People Need to Stop Ruining in 2018” I would have to relocate to Philadelphia, exclusively bake gay wedding cakes, and change my name to Princess Consuela Bananahammock. My career as a writer would be over. Over. That’s how racist a premise the BuzzFeed article is.
How privileged does both Ms. Peck and BuzzFeed feel to both write and approve of this article? If white privilege is real, why do “people of color” like Ms. Peck write blatantly racist articles without the repercussions any white writer would face? Tell me again about “white privilege.” I’ll just be over here calling out actual racism when I see it. While browsing Zillow.com for bungalows in Philly.
If BuzzFeed wants to do away with “cultural appropriation,” wherein a “person of color” tells white people to stop doing things “people of color” do, or to stop using things “people of color” use, does that mean it’s okay for white people to strap in for a few games of their own? Could I, for example, write a listicle titled “37 Things White People Invented that ‘People of Color’ Need to Stop Using”? Some ideas:
- Airplanes (Wright Brothers were *gasp* white men)
- Cars (early inventors of the car like Karl Benz, were white *gasp* men)
- Polio vaccine (Jonas Salk. White man)
- Blonde Hair (must I explain this one?)
- Computers (early inventors of the modern computer, like Alan Turing, were white men)
Do I need to keep going? No? Are you accusing me of being a racist, privileged buttmunch who should get to the Register of Names stat? If you approve of the BuzzFeed article, what’s wrong with the premise of mine?
Either it’s okay to say “This race ruins everything” or it isn’t. Regardless of what the race is. If it’s racist to say “only white people can use what was invented by white people” then isn’t it equally racist to say “only Mexicans can use what Mexicans created”? Or “Only black people can use what black people invented”? I think it is. Whatever happened to just embracing an invention, cultural movement, or even a fad just because one likes it? I thought places, practices and things labeled with “For [this race of people] only” was an impetus for the civil rights movement. Aren’t we all supposed to be people first? Designated by our race never?
Guess I must have missed a few chapters in history class. Wherein first world internet trolls decided to reverse course. Forcing me to write far too many rhetorical questions in one post.
White people don’t ruin anything. Black people don’t ruin anything. People shouldn’t be so negatively categorized by their race. Then made to feel guilty about something “they ruined” or something they should “stop doing” simply because a moron at BuzzFeed says they should. Again, based on nothing but their race.
BuzzFeed and Patrice Peck: Biggest Racists of 2017.