We Are Not Trayvon Martin: Hipsters Embrace Their Privilege
Poe’s law is an Internet adage reflecting the idea that without a clear indication of the author’s intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between an expression of sincere extremism and a parody of extremism.
Hipsters have set up a Tumblr page to let everyone know that they are not Trayvon Martin and have far more social privilege than Trayvon did. But don’t confuse this with bragging or gloating, they are very sincere in their desire to acknowledge their white privilege and publicly declare they feel really bad about it. Presumably, confessional Tumblr pages decrying white privilege are enough, at least for hipsters personally. If someone wants to start a blog that would be great too.
Perhaps Richard Spencer was on to something when he discussed the film World War Z reflecting a form of hipster racism; zombies being a stand-in for the non-white masses. The message in the film seemed to be the way to survive is to hypocritically decry your privilege – “sure, I’m white, but I agree with you – kill whitey!”
Sincerity or irony? What’s the difference? It’s not like the lumpen-hipsters of Prospect Heights can or will have any effect on racial crime in Florida. Isn’t this just another affectation?
The hipster racists ask “It’s not enough to know you aren’t Trayvon. What will you do to change our country?”
I will never again stay silent. I will question my own assumptions and those of my friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances.
Is that a threat?
- Hipsters Fighting Racism With Hipster Racism, Ironically (hipsterracist.wordpress.com)
- Pro-Trayvon Martin Protester: ‘It’s Not Enough to Not Be a Bigot,’ You Need to Be ‘Checking Your [White] Privilege Every Single Day’ (theblaze.com)
- The Zimmerman Trial: Racism Isn’t Just An American Thing (elizabethahawksworth.com)
- Angry White Trayvon Demonstrators Demand Fellow Whites ‘Give Money’ (breitbart.com)