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What's Your Damage?: The Music Lovers: SARA JAFFE on punk’s racial politics

melknee:

SARA JAFFE

Guilty of Being White

Stephen Duncombe and Maxwell Tremblay, eds. White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race Verso, July 2011. 336 pp.

“No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart,” writes James Baldwin in “The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy,” “for…

Wow, what an amazing read: I am not well-versed on punk, but I found the sentiments here similar to the “hipster racism” I endured while in college. Often being one of few Black kids in attendance at electronic music shows, I found myself in a weird position as a “minority” within a “minority”; attached to a subculture that denied the tropes of White privilege and elitism that Ivy League schools project, by exploring art and human expression. However, whenever I brought up the fact that I was one of few people of color they knew or was in attendance, I was met with apathy and resistance; no one wished to speak of the fact that for me to be considered a “Black hipster”, hipster most certainly read as White. That this whole culture itself rested on the idea of White existentialist thought, a racial privilege in and of itself.

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    Thanks for expressing that. I can agree with that sentiment. Thankfully @britticisms shared this on twitter
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    Wow, what an amazing read: I am not well-versed on punk, but I found the sentiments here similar to the “hipster racism”...
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