ChaliceChick seems to be the first UU Blogger to note the comedic and hard hitting site Stuff White People Like. I learned about it first from RaceWire, then back tracked (Alex Jung Feb 29). Jung does a nice 1-2 punch, affirming its inspiring its effort to develop "a critique to the colorblind Lexus liberal rather than the raving skinhead", yet criticizing that it’s "cleverness is getting stale because it hasn’t exhibited ways to think differently." Seems to be getting a lot of attention, and it was fun to take an initial look.
CC noted that she found herself 50/50 on the different items posted (I’m Sure I’m Taking This Too Seriously Feb 26).
In terms of taking it seriously, it made me think about the philosophy
of community organizer Saul Alinsky. He was a strong advocate of using
parody and humor to illuminate the injustices of the world. To create
a situation where those on top look immature and/or ridiculous if they
try to be defensive or counter-attack, and it strikes that special
funny bone virtually everyone else.
These humor tools in social justice are needed more and more. We seem
to have gotten quite serious, at least during my youth and young adult
years. While I haven’t found a lot of hilarious sites that address
economic justice, there are a number that address race that I’ve
loved. Check out my local Portland blogger and artist Damali Ayo as a nice example. She recently did a fantastic panhandling for reparations
in downtown Portland OR that got some great media coverage. These
things really break through our consciousness, especially in this era
of total saturation and a lot of apathy.