#97: Articles written by women of color who don't find their humor all that funny.
Shout out to Samhita from Feministing, who recently published a great in-depth piece on why the popular blog, Stuff White People Like, isn't so groundbreaking afterall:
It's worth wondering if such a blog could have thrived were its author a person of color. Would white people still read it and find the humor affectionate? Or would they suddenly detect a more harshly critical undertone? There are many people of color who write regularly (and yes, sometimes even with a sense of humor) about racism and whiteness, but they're not getting six-figure book deals. In effect, Lander is rewarded for being white, even though he is making fun of white people. To his credit, he is self-aware enough to mock this irony. He broke the news that he had a forthcoming book by publishing an entry on Stuff White People Like titled, "Book Deals" (No. 92). But that doesn't change the fact that, were he a person of color, No. 92 might instead have been "Calling Me A Racist."
Check out the entire article, originally published at American Prospect, and reprinted on Wiretap.