A couple people have already referred to them, but Carhartts are definitely stuff white people like. They act similarly to the Outdoor Performance Gear, letting other white people know how rugged you are. Carhartt’s also say to other white people – “Hey. I work hard. I like drinking coffee and eating scones, but I might have to go frame a house or ride a tractor in a minute.” The degree of wear shows how much a particular white person truly needs the durability of Carhartt pants.
White people like to show off diversity in their Carhartt apparel. Pants used to be good enough. No longer. Sweatshirts, stocking caps and overalls are even becoming cliche. Soon, white people will have to wear the full-body, insulated coveralls to really prove how hard their lives are.
There’s a crucial difference between the mountain gear and Carhartts, though. While the performance gear is expensive and excludes poor people and working class people (who white people care about), Carhartts are more inclusive, affordable and worn by actual farmers and actual construction workers! Thus, rich white people can blend in with less rich white people and escape the guilt of higher education. This way, through the wonders of brand loyalty, white people can say “Farmer Joe. I understand what it feels like to work a fourteen hour day shoveling poop. I feel your pain. Just check out the pants.”
Maybe should start some sort of white drinking game while reading this story. Every time a favorite white person activity is mentioned we drink a shot of espresso. That would be non-starbucks espresso.
White people have been doing this for decades — ever read the Whole Earth Catalog? The NYT article made me laugh, but I’d rather see white people spending their trust funds on boutique organic farms and non-ironic Carhartts than wasting their parents’ money on cocaine and designer denim. When the apocalypse comes (another thing white people like: fantasizing about the apocalypse), at least they’ll be able to grow their own food.
while i laugh hysterically at the posts on this website, it just continues the “rock and hard spot” of being a caring white person. I can’t change my skin color-neither can black people.
I’ve realized that if I try to learn and care about others’ issues, I fall into the “you try but you DON’T even KNOW” category, and if I don’t try, I”m just an ignorant white person- both of which are deemed stupid by this blog. (keep trying or give up?)
My rant this week goes out to the less-used phrase of “PEOPLE” after any category… When did it become ok in language or in print to refer to “gays” or “blacks”? I only speak in terms of “black people” or “gay PEOPLE” or “asian PEOPLE” in the hope that the common denominator is perceived, humanity not categories.
When I saw this article on the NYTimes site, I thought it was an Onion parody, what with the strange hat that guy’s wearing and it supposedly being about agriculture yet located in the Style section. I guess all of those hipster librarians they profiled last Summer (which is another part of their “Stuff White People Like” series) got tired of ordering DDC themed cocktails and chucked it all for opening up a boutique organic farm.
Otherwise, how is this new and significant? Pretty much any organic farm in California is run by old hippies who got into food issues and agriculture back during the 60s. Does the name Alice Waters ring a bell? Also a large % of any farm that’s selling at Farmer’s Market out here is Southeast Asian/Hmong immigrants. But I guess an article about trying to survive in a new culture while holding on to your roots is probably not as stylish as talking about how to apply that liberal arts degree to food issues.
One thing I did not see on the list that is quintessentially white – pumpkins. White people love pumpkins! Living in the Northeast it’s too bad we only have them in the fall. I was proud to have my pumpkin displayed from October-January. Wish I could have them displayed year-round as they are very white
OMFG, this article is embarrassing. In those articles they mentioned about fifteen Universities. Of course, a professor from UC Santa Cruz had to comment. I go there, statistically it is the whitest UC.
#1 needn’t worry, people who wear Carhartt in a non-ironic fashion are the “wrong kind of white people.” I also think #44 needn’t worry – Richard Simmons has also fallen to “wrong kind” standing, even if we concede there might have been an argument for “right kind” 20 years ago.
Guy + Girl living together and not having sex would probably also qualify under the other recent entry, “Gays.” Might be a stretch. At least emo if not. It’s gonna be cute when they get bored of Scattergories and take their Prius out to the local bar only to get smacked around when when they’re overheard complaining that there’s no Brooklyn Lager on tap. Anyway, I hope VH1 does a “Where are they now?” in 18 months, after the novelty wears off and they get a dose of oh-shit-I-actually-have-to-do-work.
I believe the white profession food chain goes something like this. I’m going to take a stab at this…Feel free to add items or correct it.
Ultra-Progressive elected grass-roots local politician
Works an international humanitarian non-profit
Works at any other type of non-profit
Manager for a band that is considered ‘cool’ this week
Works for ‘hip’ company and ‘designs’ stuff
Any other type of job
What is UP with that dude’s hat? Even a white person should know better than to mix it with a carhart, though somehow it makes more sense on him than her. That picture is screaming for a caption such as the ones you might find on Stuff on My Cat. But I am much better at laughing at captions than writing my own.
hey, #56, have no fear: Christian is himself white and says he does and likes many of these things (unless of course the name Christian Lander and the pictures on the site are just a front for a Hmong villager in Cambodia who for some strange reason wants us to believe he knows all about white people in the USA).
yup, couldn’t read the Times article without thinking this is only possible because they know they have their parents’ wealth to fall back on, use to get a loan. I read this and see the ‘racial wealth gap’ written all over it. of course race is never mentioned in the article (though all the pictures of are of white farmers), but this is SO white. the person who made the quip about trust funds is onto something.
Would it be fair to say that white people like being ‘authentic’ by following the latest trends?
I’m a PhD student (non-white) in business. I notice many white PhD students in business are not fans of capitalism, economics, or any of the research that would inform firms about how to be profitable … which is supposed to be the whole point of doing business research.
Corporate Social Responsibility is their thing. Nevermind that we have not figured out the answers to profitable growth. The new trend is to not focus on profitability or else you’ll be called … greedy.
It’s like if medical researchers gave up on the whole curing diseases thing and started researching hugs or smiles.
The most ridiculous thing in the article to me was that this guy started farming 3 years ago. And now he gives seminars in New York called “so you want to be a farmer”. Like it’s not enough for him to just move to a farm, grow crops and shut the fuck up? He needs to tell large crowds about his experience to try and feel special about himself.
“Our rock stars are ricotta makers.” – so goddamn funny.
#90: Doing hard labor for fun/fulfillment.
White people love to do work that was either rendered obsolete or unnecessary by modern machinery or passed down to poor nonwhites. Another thing white people love is filling their spare time with fun or fulfilling pastimes. Doing hard or tedious manual labor as a hobby or lifestyle fulfills this need perfectly and soothes any white boredom or feelings of inadequate whiteness. Hard labor, if done correctly, can also incorporate other things that white people like, like organic food, bicycles, tshirts, dogs, or microbrewed beer. Whether it’s organic farming, brewing one’s own beer, designing ones’ own tshirts, making funky dog leashes/organic dog treats, or fixing/assembling bicycles, a creative white person can do all sorts of hard work that no nonwhite person would ever do outside of their jobs.
“OK, class, today’s Creative Writing 101 assignment: go to stuffwhitepeoplelike. Write an article for a well known newspaper (if you have to ask which paper you automatically fail) referring to as many entries from this website as possible.”
the people at the onion must be seriously pissed that the nyt beat them to the punch. an earlier poster is right – it does read like satire.
White people love sitting at their MacBook, sipping coffee and reading about new underground sushi restaurants while reading stuffwhitepeoplelike. They laugh and say things like “that’s so true!” “this is hilarious!” because if they can’t make fun of themselves they aren’t as smart as they thought they were.
Totally. Fully living the dream, the lifestyle, the look. How dedicated of them! Self-righteous White hipsters asserting their authenticity because they couldn’t cut it in the city. I love it. Somebody give these kids a cookie!
During the snowboard trip in Canada you used your iPhone to take that picture then asking the two if they were Gay? while wearing a North Face Jacket, supporting an Obama t-shirt, sipping on Starbucks.
It’s all fun. I guess white people like everything.
You will never run out of topics if writing about all us white people.
No no no! The freaky white people this blog applies to need to stay the hell away from rural areas, and never wear Carhartt, or own a John Deere or any Deere merchandise. I swear to God! Do not make me blanket mail copies of Deliverance to city zip codes. I will do it!
White people in the upper Midwest have a hard time getting into this agrisubculture, because the Hmong got there first and now run most of the farmers’ markets in the frozen north.
But the occasional Hmong child is born flaxen-blond, so maybe there’s something to their legends of having a white strain way way way back, somewhere. This city-to-farm business kind of reinforces the idea.
Remember this from Notting Hill. That Hugh Grant movie taking the piss (from IMDB):
William: And, ahm: what exactly is a fruitarian?
Keziah: We believe that fruits and vegetables have feeling so we think cooking is cruel. We only eat things that have actually fallen off a tree or bush – that are, in fact, dead already.
We used to call these play farmer/ trust-fund baby white kids “hippies” back in my youth. All this eco/ organic/ granola crunchin’ crapola has been around since the horrible late 60’s/ early 70’s. Then all the hippies were skeert-ta-death of a new ice age. Now it’s the global warming hoax.
Please. I grew up on a *real* farm (it’s been in our family for 100+ years, my father does all the work himself). These guys are posers who will “play” at farming until they get tired of it; not unlike Marie Antoinette playing peasant at Versailles. :vomit:
#115 Becker (one of Walter’s?): “also a big thanks to nyc for discovering farmers’ markets.”
Not only has NYC always had farmer’s markets, until very recently the city had actual farms. (A National Geographic article in the ’60s said there were at least seven still operating at the time.) One or two still run as museums. If anyone knows of a real farm extant in NYC, please clue us in.
If your tastes run to New England fishing villages instead, well, NYC has at least one of those as well: City Island.
BATH/SKINCARE/SOAP SHOPS – The Body Shop, H20+, L’Occitane, Origins, Crabtree & Evelyn, Philosophy, etc…. but NOT–repeat, NOT– Bath and Body Works (corporately owned by evil entity The Limited)
…or in otherwords, NOT buying hair/skincare products at the grocery or drug store–if not a specioalty shop, only a healthfood store (Burt’s Bees)
CANDLES – anything but Yankee Candle (The Limited, again)
HUMMUS (I know you’ve had a few on food already, but this deserves its own entry.)
AREA RUGS (wall-to-wall is SO over)
CHRISTOPHER GUEST MOVIES
“EXOTIC” CHOCOLATES (with things like wasabi or chiles added, from makers like Vosges, Valrhona, Ghirardelli among others). Hershey and Nestle are for losers, but regional “chocolatiers” like Fannie May are acceptable.
Tools! they’re doing this because they can…trust fund babies want somethin’ trust fund babies get it! gimme a break, they probably still have their loft in upscale NY for back up when they get bored. they’ll probably live with an indian tribe in honduras next!
The blog skewers the upper-middle class whites who hold those values when in fact their lifestyles–such as organic farming on 25 acres pursuant to a sub-market lease from a charitable trust–would be impossible without the high degree of division of labor afforded by industrial society and its highly leveraged business entities.
The blog also also subtly underscores a far more serious point: that white people are too obsessed over status games with other white people to look out for their group interests.
But, Doug, that’s exactly how white people manage to stay ahead of the game– by sharpening their competitive skills against other white people, who at the end of the day are the only “real” competition in town. Same reason world-class athletes don’t waste their time proving their collective worth against mere dilettantes.
If white people were even remotely threatened by competition from other groups, they’d drop this “diversity” schtick immediately. Fact is, they just aren’t that threatened.
If anything, flooding the country with more and more competing tribal groups only secures White power, as the outsider tribes turn on each other for a bigger piece of the pie. But you know who’s always going to get the biggest share. ;P
I’m all for skewering trust fund kids, but I gotta ask a question — Why would anyone with a trust fund choose to start a commercial farm (these are not personal farms for their own consumption, but farms that produce food to sell), a life that involves getting up at 5 or 6 am and working 12 or 14 hours 6 days a week? Answer — they wouldn’t. Also, is””fag: the best insult you people can come up with? What a waste of your high speed internet connection.
While it’s true that white people have led our country into unsustainability it is still foolish to demean those that are trying to correct the mistakes.
It is also true that because of the division of labor and lack of opportunities for minorites that mostly only whites can afford to live “sustainable” lifestyles (No one can really live sustainably in American society no matter how hard they try), while this is unfair it still does not make counter-culture a bad thing, quite the opposite. This blog seems to only target hippie white people, whom are an extreme minority in my region of the country.
If this blogger were realistic in representing white people he would have some of the following topics:
1. Lack of of willingness to learn from others
2. Lack of a soulful culture
3. Lack of communication
4. Blind trust in corporations and consumer society
Let’s see if i got this: Kesey-era hippies drop out to communal-organic farming, get tired of worked-to-bone fingers-but still poor and drop-drop-out to mortgage banking & agri-biz commodities trading, thereby helping to increase wealth to the point where their grand-kids can bone-work fingers but sell boutique-farm products at high enough prices to other white people to actually make a living.
The white people profiled in the NYT article are not practicing sustainable agriculture; they are practicing agriculture on the charitable excess of industrial society. If you turned over agriculture in this country to “organic” farmers scratching out a living on 25 acre plots, then the lower classes would be back to eating moldy potatoes in the winter and beans and cornbread in the summer. That is, assuming their locality got sufficient rainfall that summer.
In fact, the whole “organic” movement is simply the reaction of upper class white liberals to the fact that working people can now afford to eat as well as they do. You don’t see non-white people and the wrong kind of white people whining about malathion and antibiotics as they enjoy their broccoli casserole and babyback ribs.
White people are way too preferential about their food. When they get all up in my face for not being vegan or eating organic food, I like to say, “40,000 people die of starvation every day”. That will usually shut them up long enough to enjoy my cheeseburger. Because I can has cheeseburger without guilt.
i came for to this website cause i thought it would have some intelligent or wity humor… and all i find is RACISM!!! replace the word “white” with “black” or “asian” and all you are doing is making fun of someone because they are different, successful, fashionable, not fashionable, smart… whatever.. you and many of the people that agree with you are just agreeing to RACISM… you make fun of white people that try farming, but then you’ll make fun of them for having corporate jobs… you make fun of their hipster clothes and then talk about how un hip they look… who cares! I would much rather read an article talking about a couple of white people using their trust fund (which who knows if they had… maybe they have a business loan!) trying to make a positive impact in their community than an article that just complains about people being different… your crap is about as worthy of a read as perez hilton… more crap… people should “be the difference” rather make fun of being different. i could go on and on.. you are RACIST!… and i’m not white… but i bet you are.
“The white people profiled in the NYT article are not practicing sustainable agriculture; they are practicing agriculture on the charitable excess of industrial society……………in fact, the whole “organic” movement is simply the reaction of upper class white liberals to the fact that working people can now afford to eat as well as they do.”
Not sure if this was mentioned…but how telling is it that this article was published in the ‘Style & Fashion’ section of the times?
Good to see that agriculture is in ‘style’ this season…
Do I get extra white people points for having a rooftop garden above my Williamsburg loft? I promise I’ll use sustainable, organic farming techniques. That should combat the damage being done to Williamsburgers by the 8 Superfund sites along Newtown Creek…
Good thing all us white folks can just move to Bed-Stuy now. GOD I love gentrification!
1. New York Times – Delivered daily.
2. Non Profit Organizations – started one in college
3. Organic Food – organic AND LOCAL! for me
4. Arts Degrees – dad has an mfa….
5. Brooklyn – San Francisco is a close second
6. Hating Corporations – hmm, i dont hate
7. Farmers Markets – every Saturday
8. Having Two Last Names – Thanks mom and Dad!
9. Irony – This post might be such
10. Study Abroad – twice, first one at 16!
11. Microbreweries – Go New Belgium!
Now the question is…what exactly does this say about me…..
oh man, I saw this in the ny times (yes I’m clearly white) and thought, this is soooo “stuff white people like” and here it is!
I think you need “doing it yourself” as a s.w.p.l. item and have a big picture of readymade magazine. (it’s totally more authentic if you made it yourself, even if you spent hundreds of dollars on the parts and tools!)
I notice they are standing in a greenhouse. White people love greenhouses.
In March and April local greenhouses are packed with white people buying their little Marigolds, Geraniums, and souped up hybrid Petunias.
They also like the potting soil, little hand rakes and the colorful gloves that can’t fit any man in this hemisphere.
If you see a white woman with a smudge of potting soil over her brow,her little colorful gloves on, and on her knees(watch it now) in her “flower bed” with her little rake. You are looking at a happy white person.
I’m from the town (Tivoli, NY) where this couple has started their organic farm. Hipster’s trying to emulate the working class for the feel good factor make me sick. I’ve worn Carhartt for my job in construction and drink cheap beer because that’s what I can afford (although I would much rather enjoy a better beer). Just because you frequented”dive” bars back in Williamsburg, donned overalls and trucker hats for the irony and drank cheap beer does NOT mean that we have the same class interests.
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