Given that this is generally the first thing I think of when the topic of White Privilege comes up, I'm very surprised that I never brought it up during the discussion. I guess all those "readings" must have distracted me. Enjoy!
WHITE LIKE ME from Ephraim on Vimeo.
Mary Ricci says
30+ years later, it still works.
Alan Thomas says
“Just take it.” Truly one of the greatest sketches ever.
Most people didn’t notice, as I’m pretty sure it got a very low viewership, but a little over a decade ago FX did this for real: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black._White.
I found it absolutely fascinating. One of the things that sticks with me for some reason is that apparently it’s unheard of in black culture to put the broken eggshells back in the carton after you crack them into the pan? It’s just so random and doesn’t conform to any particular stereotype or anything, but just illustrates how little things can be conveyed differently in different cultures and on the other side people are not aware of it at all.
JR Clark says
Eggshells back in the carton? Eww – nasty! Why would you do that?
Alan Thomas says
Ha, that’s what the black family said. I took it at the time to be a black/white thing (I’m white), but a little Googling suggests it’s the, well, minority (numerically) who does it. The Houston Press did a piece about it, and with over 1400 votes (in an online and obviously not scientific poll), 31% said they do it that way. 11% responded the way you did: “I’ve never even heard of this. Who are you people?”
This Reddit thread also indicates that it’s quite common, but also fairly common for people to be like you and be horrified by the practice:
(Incidentally, due to that thread, TIL that many people do not stand up to wipe after using the toilet, and they think it’s weird that others do stand up.)