We live in a world of implicit whiteness. Most people in the US are still white. This should mean whiteness is not important, but what kind of white person you are is very important. There are a variety of different kinds of white people, all relating to the system in different ways.
A few years ago a guy named Christian Lander put out one of those thin humor books you see in airport newsstands or on the front tables of bookstores, with the provocative title “Stuff White People Like”.
This phenomenon is not new and not first identified by Lander. Twenty years ago Paul Fussell wrote a book called Class: A Guide Through The American Status System. About ten years ago David Brooks wrote one called Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There. These books talk about things the chattering class has been obsessed with since the 50’s- who is really high-class, and how it should be defined.
Where Lander struck a nerve- and got far more attention and sold far more books than with a more descriptive title such as “Stuff Pretentious Young People Who Went to Expensive Colleges And Wish They Were Higher Status Than They Are Like”- was to use the word white. The word “white” when used to describe people is always bad, and the best way for him to mock these people was to call them white.
People criticized the book on the basis that 1) the people described were only a small portion of white people 2) some of this type of people aren’t white and 3) many of the things described- sushi, dogs, living by the water, foreign travel- are liked by many different kinds of people.
What Lander has really identified is status competition by which upper middle-class white people try to assert higher status than other upper middle-class white people. Steve Sailer has noted that class competition explains a lot of white political behavior. “Stuff White People Like” looks at this in terms of consumer behavior.
Real status has nothing at all with what you consume, it’s simply a matter of money and power. What “swipples” are trying to do is put themselves close to people who have cultural, and thus political power. Actual rich people don’t try to show their sophistication by eating sushi. They go to expensive French restaurants. They don’t fuss over what $20 bottle of wine is good- they get a $200 bottle. They don’t go backpacking in Peru, they stay in a fine hotel in Switzerland. They don’t live in Brooklyn with roommates, they live by themselves in Manhattan. This is just as true of hipster-type rich and powerful people like advertising and media moguls or pop stars as it is among Wall Street types.
“Swipples” or hipsters don’t really mimic upper-class behavior, but they are trying. The elite like being sucked up to. They like that these people are trying to get their approval, and trying to distinguish themselves from ordinary middle-class people. Because of this, “SWPL” behavior is positive implicit whiteness- besides actual elite behavior, the only positive kind.
One purpose of elite or pseudo-elite behavior is to make a status distinction from other whites. I believe I have stumbled upon another, which is also important. In Physical and Social Isolation From Blacks I wondered how we might maintain separation from blacks without using open segregation, which is frowned upon in this establishment, as the E-trade baby says. I noted that convenience store owners sometimes play classical music over speakers to disperse black loiterers, and wondered what else along those lines might work.
Mindweapon reposted this; RVT commented here and there that in addition to classical music, blacks don’t like flowers, classical or Victorian architecture, and dogs. He thought this was pretty obvious, but a lot of people were shocked by the flowers comment, including me.
These are all upper middle-class things; and it strikes me that the other purpose of such behavior is that it keeps blacks away. Swipple and hipster clothing, hairstyles, behavior, music, and recreational activities are all “Stuff Black People Don’t Like”. There are black swipples and hipsters- I live in an area thick enough with hipsters you occasionally see a black one- but they are quite rare, and they are among the few well-behaved blacks. It’s impossible without formal segregation to keep blacks out completely, but SWPLs do it effectively enough.
Furthermore I’m not really a segregationist. If blacks are willing to conduct themselves in a civilized manner, they should be allowed to go where they want. But where civilized behavior is insisted on, blacks will be few.
I’m not saying go out and get some skinny jeans, a smiley face tattoo, a stingy-brim fedora and dye your hair purple. I find swipples and hipsters ugly, annoying, and stupid- “gay”, as the kids still say in spite of the thought police. But seeing this we can gather some clues as to how to protect ourselves.