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Things have been slow lately at Stuff White People Like as Christian Lander and Co. work on their upcoming book (2/3rds new content!), for which Christian got a $350,000 advance. He’s back today, though, with a vintage SWPL:

#101 Being Offended
May 28, 2008 by clander

To be offended is usually a rather unpleasant experience, one … that many people develop a thick skin and try to only be offended in the most egregious and awful situations. In many circumstances, they can allow smaller offenses to slip by as fighting them is a waste of time and energy. But white people, blessed with both time and energy, are not these kind of people. In fact there are few things white people love more than being offended.

Naturally, white people do not get offended by statements directed at white people. In fact, they don’t even have a problem making offensive statements about other white people (ask a white person about “flyover states”). As a rule, white people strongly prefer to get offended on behalf of other people.

It is also valuable to know that white people spend a significant portion of their time preparing for the moment when they will be offended. They read magazines, books, and watch documentaries all in hopes that one day they will encounter a person who will say something offensive. When this happens, they can leap into action with quotes, statistics, and historical examples. … All of which do an excellent job of raising awareness among white people who hope to change their status from “not racist” to “super not racist.”

Another thing worth noting is that the threshold for being offended is a very important tool for judging and ranking white people. Missing an opportunity to be outraged is like missing a reference to Derrida – it’s social death. [More]

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  1. Peter says: • Website

    Here there is yet another example of stuff white people like actually meaning stuff upscale urban white people like. Most white people will not vocally take offense at a racist statement made by another white person. They may be embarrassed, or privately think that the speaker is an idiot, or at most may admonish the speaker – but they will not, in most instances, actually be offended.

  2. The comments on that blog are filled with humorless white people jostling for status, it’s surreal

  3. Funny and pointed.

  4. “I find that really offensive” seems to translate pretty directly as “I don’t really have any cogent intellectual arguments to counter your point, which is obviously true, so I’ll resort to getting up on my high horse instead.”

  5. I agree with Udolpho. Sometimes the comments are (unintentionally) funnier than the post.

  6. Udolpho,
    I’m outraged that you would accuse those people of faux outrage!

  7. Taking offense is a PC way of being aggressive while pretending to be a victim. This tactic is a key element of political correctness but doesn’t appear to be widely understood.

  8. Josh says:

    White people love being offended on behalf of others,sooooo true! (What?!!? You dont care about Darfur?!?) But white FEMALES,who have basically established a sub-race called Women (as in “women and minorities”,-in effect saying that black females are black,asians asian etc but white women are a race unto themselves!),which is a seperate race from White people,–making white females bi-racial–are monstrously anxious and willing (like some Victorian busomy romance heroine contemplating the “unwanted” sexual attention of an equally busomy and musclebound hero) to be offended,and search for offense with all the tenacity and drive their foremothers searched for the elusive Big O! The sub race,which I have christened “A Race Of Our Own” is self contained. It is,unlike white people,male dominated,with the most masculine women completely dictating the culture,and the female women(“girls”)meekly striving for approval. White women support their ‘men’ in racial struggles,but only with White people! (For example,Nancy Pelosi,informed that white men outearn white women,is outraged and plans “legislation” etc to attack this crisis,but when the same numbers say that Asian women outearn white women,her response is a shrug. So what? “We”the Great Girl would no doubt say,”are not racis!!” Except against the white race!!)Recall the Woman scientist who “fainted” at hearing Larry Summers cast doubt on her racial pride,and was handsomely rewarded,along with her Life partner.NO woman would ask the question:Why is White Male dominance so evil and created ONLY by discrimination–the ultimate evil for white women– when masculine women so easily dominate their feminine sisters!Its Racial solidarity!! Remember Annika Sorenstam,who rose from complete and well-deserved anonymity to become a racial hero by “challenging” White male golfers,and then finished 100th,and didnt make the cut.Same with this lunkhead Danica Patrick,who continues her tradition of not winning the Indy 500.Great White Girl hopes!

  9. That photo is perfect.

    I wonder where he found it?

  10. Udolpho and Mr. Burton: Actually, it seems more like a series of people dumb enough to get into never-ending circular battles with a tireless troll who calls himself Portnoy’s Complaint. Even Portnoy’s opponents, however, rarely profess outright liberalism, so I don’t really agree with your analysis.

  11. I think Mr. and Mrs. Lander take all their own pictures for SWPL.

    It’s a good lesson in how, when you have a good idea, to make sure to do it right.

  12. Apparently the web master of Stuff White People Like is an Asian-Canadian who has moved to Los Angeles. And he does seem to do his social-climbing within the subgroup known as Yuppies. However, he does touch down from time to time with scatterings of truth, and one is his pointing out that the diverse white American peoples are implicitly incapable of speaking out against demeaning epithets which will take their toll on the young. We’ve set up something quite different and that is an Internet site devoted to analyzing hate speech against diverse white American peoples, and you can find it at:

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