“Ghetto Fabulous” parties

Last night at the subway, I heard this dude yell “westsiiiiiiide.” I thought it was a little odd that some guy would be belting this out. But then I turned the corner and saw that he was a white hipster. The number of white people I run into who throw around hip-hop slang in a smug, ironic way has dramatically increased in the last few weeks. I’m not sure why. Later on last night, I was trying on some clothes in a changing room of a store and I overheard this white dude telling his black female coworker that he was on his way to a “ghetto” party. I can only imagine what she was thinking. What exactly is a ghetto party, she wanted to know. Seemingly clueless, he went on to describe how it was a weekly club night where everyone showed up dressed real ghetto. He was going to wear a G-Unit ensemble, he told her.

Then, on The Hour (sorry folks, very Canadian reference), George Stroumboulopoulos reported that at Tarleton State University in Texas, a bunch of white kids held a ghetto party on Martin Luther King day. Seriously. And then posted flicks on Facebook of frat dudes dressed as thugs, drinking malt liquor and eating fried chicken. You can see the photos over at Smoking Gun. The university is trying to decide whether the students should face disciplinary action. Um, yeah.

Here’s what I think should happen to the Tarleton students—and anyone else who wants to hold so-called Ghetto Fabulous parties. If they’re so fascinated with ghettos, then they should go to one.

I think that these kids should have to spend a year volunteering for various community organizations in inner-city neighborhoods. I’d like to see them on the front lines, confronting what inequality looks like up close and personal—serving meals in soup kitchens and food banks, tutoring the young kids that are overlooked by the school system, sitting in at the crisis lines that take calls from junior high students who have witnessed traumatic violence, babysitting so that overworked single mothers can have a couple hours to themselves, cleaning toilets in homeless shelters, listening to people who have been evicted from their apartments because their low-wage service jobs don’t pay the rent, and riding out with women and children on the In Arms Reach buses to the prisons to visit incarcerated family members. Maybe then they would have an inkling why their “ghetto” parties are so absurdly offensive. Poverty is no joke, dummies.

  • http://pressrewind.wordpress.com SL

    Oh, so your vision of the ghetto is bad schools, violence, single mothers, homeless, people who don’t pay the rent, incarcerated family members. Talking about stereotypes…

    Just kidding of course !

  • http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz lukee lefty

    its almost like ghetto is the new nigger

    thanks a lot hiphop !!!

  • derfla the hus’la

    nice post ta and i’ll always advocate this shit i really don’t like when white people try to act black it’s jus to fake and i don’t find that shit amusing at all like that shitty white rapper show i think it’s jus wrong and tryin to make fun of the hiphop culture that shit gets me pissed. cuz i know iam from and i really dont want to see anyone who has not experienced what i have to make fun out of this especially a white dude.

  • Moe Real

    “I can only imagine what she was thinking.”

    Why? Because she was black, and thus inately has a knowledge of ghettos?

  • let the game begin

    these white people are so tired off their hollywood culture that they now trying to mimmic the hiphopculture thats cuz white people really dont value their cultures and most of the shit they do is just fake almost all people from hollywood are fake and no one wants to be any one from there so they have to turn to the realest culture in the u.s.a thats hiphop shit is so influential white kids want to be black ……shit even 14 year old white kids want to be jay-z when they grow up.. kinda makes me proud but that shit is sad cuz these kids dont know shit about the ghetho but hey if hiphop is that big and white dudes want to be black…..

  • DocZeus

    “Then, on The Hour (sorry folks, very Canadian reference), George Stroumboulopoulos reported that at Tarleton State University in Texas, a bunch of white kids held a ghetto party on Martin Luther King day. Seriously. And then posted flicks on Facebook of frat dudes dressed as thugs, drinking malt liquor and eating fried chicken. You can see the photos over at Smoking Gun. The university is trying to decide whether the students should face disciplinary action. Um, yeah.”

    Its always struck me shocking at how unbelievably dumb a group of white college students can be. How does it not register in it at least one person who throws a party like this that this is going to be offensive to somebody and perhaps they shouldn’t do it. It just makes me sad.

  • thatdukeSuave

    I’m white and love hiphop and respect the culture. I don’t necessarily dress like the stereotypical rap fan, because some of the shit just don’t look as good on me as it does in magazines and shit. Having said that, I have been to the ‘ghetto’ on many occasions. When I was young, it intimidated me (in rural atlanta, whites don’t have a lot of interaction with other races on the regular, which sucks). But as I matured, I got down with folks and came to feel more comfortable around the hood, because I identified with the poverty (my folks was broke as jokes), and the need for something to feed my soul, and rap became real life for me. I jump people’s asses everytime i hear someone crack a ‘oh thats ghetto’ joke, or make a sly remark. I use slang terms as part of my everyday speech, but don’t try to act black. Thats why I have just as many black friends as white friends. You right that some of these kids need to be thrown into a situation so they can see that hiphop is not a fashion statement, and actin black is not a way to be cool. Just do you, and let real recognize real

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  • http://myspace.com/thafac Howard Perkins

    This also happened here at Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University they threw a hoop party.. with fake gunshots playing from the windows, and niggas and hoes.. the frat got suspended how would they like it if me and my frat brother threw mayonaise and Khakis party or a Laguna Beach Hamptons Mall kids that have no real focus in there life because they get it handed to them party…. not to funny huh

    theyoungceo@tmail.com

  • dj K-Nyce

    good stuff tara, i dont know what it is but i hate to hear hipsters or suburbanites in general refer to something as “ghetto”

  • moose9t9

    thats right folks wearing G-unit makes you ghetto.

  • Wab

    Nice idea.

    In practice, I think the ignorant white kids that go to these parties will only build bigger, badder and more retarded stereotypes about the ghetto and people who live therein.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bt_promotions digg$ *BigTymePromotions*

    I would like to say nice write. Honestly got a scowl in between my eyes when read about the “ghetto” parties. Such a pitty sometimes that the word “ghetto” gets tossed around like that. My saying, “If you never lived it, dont speak of it.” An’ thats the way it is. These white kids in the burbs never experienced the agony of being hungry and the struggle. I grew up in the burbs, myself, but was only there by way of moms working her tail off to keep the fam correct, “Thank you moms” but believe this growing up watching the folks pay with stamps, is something definitely to remember. So to see these white rich kids in the burbs reppin hiphop by saying “ghetto” an “N-word” it just baffles me.

    digg$ (B.T.P.)

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  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    white folks down south are so cought up in themselves they dont view some of the things they do and say as racist…they think its ok to mock us…

  • MC Spectakular

    Co-sign…This is the best post ive read in a long time…white hipsters need heavy doses of reality and beatings with socks filled with quarter rolls
    BALLLLLLLLLLLLLLIN

  • marlon

    You’re too much. I think girls who dress like butterflies on halloween should be forced to spend a week in a cocoon. I think it was ignorant to do it because of MLK, but dressing up ‘ghetto’ for fun at a party is not that serious. I know a girl who had a blood n crip wedding where one family dressed blood and one dressed crip, were they having fun or should they have been shooting each other so they could understand the struggle. ps stroumbolopolisaurus is a gay.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    I have never understood the term “act black”. How the hell can you act a race/color. Where i’m from black and spanish people act the same. So does that mean they’re “acting spanish” too? Also as individuals we all act differently. If you sag your pants, use slang and drink malt liquor is that “acting black”. Oprah Winfrey is black and she don’t act like that. So how can It be “acting black” if all black people don’t act the same. To me it’s more like “acting out a stereotype” that is engaged in by black, spanish and even white people. Just because more black people engage in the “stereotype” it doesn’t mean your “acting black”.

    If a group of white people in a caddy did a driveby shooting over some beef, would you call that “acting black”?

  • Combat Jack

    ^

    This post reflects my issue with the new Wigster phenom.

  • http://brandonsoderberg.blogspot.com brandonsoderberg

    This has been going on for years, and in recent years (not in the past few weeks) has “ghetto” become synonymous with “crappy” as in, “I need a new cell-phone, mine is so ghetto”. And it’s not just “white hipsters” as if black hipsters aren’t also hyper-ironic… Nothing should happen to those students, they are dumbasses but your quasi-Puritan ideas on how to “show them” is pretty retarded…people are idiots, but you shouldnt be able to legislate stupidity.Furthermore, plenty of black people use “ghetto” to mean “crappy” as well. Plenty of black people attend said parties or equally disturbing “Pimps and Ho’s” parties…

  • thoreauly77

    moe real- not because of that, but because the idea of a “ghetto” party is inherently racist.

    miss henley- i read about the tarlton disgrace over at smokingun yesterday, and also read about some hipster party where the idea was to dress as offensive as possible, but in an ironic way of course. it makes me wonder if they know what irony is. youre suggestion that they go do something positive in a poverty-stricken area is a good one. i have worked asd a tutor at a battered womens shelter and there is absolutely nothing funny about anyone mocking people who deserve respect and sometimes need help.

  • SukedowN

    I don’t understand the fascination with hipster parties among bloggers. First Bol, now you. And I’m sure there are many other, as this is a popular issue to hate.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think the concept of these alleged parties is ridiculous. Surprisingly, these seem to be an evolution of “pimps and hoes” parties that were porularized by whitey. No one ever criticzed those. And I’d be surprised if you didn’t attend one in your younger years, Tara.

    To me, this another instance of low cultural awareness exhibited by a given group. I feel the idea of being offended by something of this magnitude is very strange. You should take pride knowing that you wouldn’t participate in something like this, as well as the fact that you have a higher level of cultural awareness.

    It isn’t like they are mocking religion or having a fake slave party. But they are hipsters, the group everyone loves to hate.

  • rkm

    It isn’t just about black and white. On campus and now living in SF I’ve been to quite a few “white trash” parties. Cheap beer, wife beaters, trucker hats, etc. Seems like the issue is really rich people making fun of poor people in both cases.

  • Moe Real

    thoreauly77: Ghetto parties = inherently racist is the definitely what the author of the post thinks. That’s obvious. What’s not obvious is what this black female coworker was thinking… Tara seems to be projecting here. No one really knows if/how much the coworker cared. Tara is implying that since the coworker is black, she would be offended… It’s an assumption not all that different from the assumption these white hipsters are making about the quote-unquote ghetto.

  • Lo-D

    people in general disgust me….

  • content

    It’s making a mountain out of a mole hill that’s holding back progress. All this sensitivity creates a fear to mingle with other races.

    I agree you are projecting on the black co-worker. She could have went to the party for all you know.

    The bottom line is….if you don’t want to be sterotyped stop feeding them.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Lo-D Says:

    January 26th, 2007 at 12:25 pm
    people in general disgust me….
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    i could co-sign that

  • JP_209

    So is it okay to throw a ghetto fab party if you grew up in the ghetto?

    I must be ahead of my time, because I did this like two years ago for my boy’s college graduation over here in Northern California.

    Had everyone come dressed up as we did back in high school (Ben Davis, Carhart, Starter, etc.) Some folks had grills (made of timfoil, haha), we passed out gold beads with dollar signs, or dog tags attached, had ‘WHUT IT DEW/JUNGLE JUICE’ as the spiked punch. Any played gangster rap music circa Early-Mid 90′s (stuff we grew up on).

    The finale even had a Pinata (Happy faced graduation guy made up to look like a G) filled with Blunts, GPC’s, Condoms, Listerine strips, Binaca, etc.

    Keep in mind, everyone attending was pretty much minority and all grew up together. If we had some white folks there, they grew up right along side us in the hood as well.

    I threw the party kind as a celebration for my boy graduating from a real deal university (not Phoenix or National), and as a reminder for him and all of us of where we came from.

    Even though we got good careers, houses, kids, etc. We still came from the hood, so it was a nice reminder (and we had a daam good time!)

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Jeez Tara, How can you write about this trifling nonsense when MTV has yet ANOTHER insipid reality show?? I mean, Jim Jones is dissing Hov for the billionth time and you’re tackling RACE ISSUES? You have alot to learn about blogging, T. UNO! …that was sarcasm for anyone who couldn’t tell. Good post, Miss Henley. You’re the only one on this site that gives a damm about anything real.

  • http://www.jimiizrael.com the izza

    This is the by-product of white people in hip-hop, Tara. They don’t understand from whence it is borne, so they feel no obligation to be sensitive. They are not stack-holders.

  • Phuque

    I have never understood the term “act black”. How the hell can you act a race/color. Where i’m from black and spanish people act the same. So does that mean they’re “acting spanish” too? Also as individuals we all act differently. If you sag your pants, use slang and drink malt liquor is that “acting black”. Oprah Winfrey is black and she don’t act like that. So how can It be “acting black” if all black people don’t act the same. To me it’s more like “acting out a stereotype” that is engaged in by black, spanish and even white people. Just because more black people engage in the “stereotype” it doesn’t mean your “acting black”.

    If a group of white people in a caddy did a driveby shooting over some beef, would you call that “acting black”?

    ^^Whatever you call it, it’s ignorant. Period.

  • Incilin

    Oh Tara, your the only blogger who can post something like this. Thank you. Those kids should get kicked out of school and do exactly what you said. Word for word. I don’t know what to do with those white kids, I mean I think we all apperaicate thier support of hip hop, but they just don’t get it. I think Ima go with Trech from naughty by nature and say; “if you aint from the gettho, don’t come to the gettho, stay the fuck out of the gethho, we don’t want you in the gettho.”

  • Fernando

    Hmmmmmmm……. not sure what to think about this one. On one hand, the “Ghetto” party that the Texas Fraternaty had on MLK day seems pretty offensive. Mostly because of the brown bag 40′s, watermelon, and fried chicken.

    But then I wonder…Is this really far from the truth?? I know black folk have a fondness for fried chicken(So do I), and I dont know anybody that doesnt like watermelon (but black folk might like it a little more than your average asian) The brown bag 40 oz. is a little off. I would have had bottles of Hennessy, Remy, or some type of Cognac.

    And calling them “Ghetto” parties seems a little better than calling them “Black” parties. I mean, the Ghetto is called the Ghetto for a reason. Liquor stores, Gun stores, Popeyes Chicken, Pawn Shops, and generally populated with people you wouldnt want to raise your kids around. There are some great people in the Ghetto Im sure, but being threatened by gangs isnt most white people’s cup of tea and therefore dont want to spend time down there, and thus dont get much past the stereotypes (which all have some trught to them). And dont ask me to feel bad for single mothers, or broads that have to visit their man in jail. Those are all decisions that people make on their own. If you dont want to get pregnant…use a condom. If you dont want to go to jail, dont sell drugs, assault people, or try to be like your favorite rappers SONGS.

    Im all for making fun of the Ghetto. They are usually serioius problems for the Cities they are in, but the stuff that goes on is ridiculous. Size 50 jeans look stupid to the rest of the world (except suburban wiggers)

    The party in Texas seemed to be taking shots at black people as a whole and that isnt cool. But making fun of gang members, crack dealers, and the worshiping of 50 cent seems pretty normal to me. Its like making fun of hillbillys. They arent representative of all white people, but they represent the portion that live in poverty and acts like retards…much like a lot of the black community that lives in ghettos. Having kids at age 11 isnt cool. Using kids to get more welfare isnt cool. Get over it Tara, there isnt much in the Ghetto that should be respected or not made fun of, most of what happens there is stupid.

  • SukedowN

    These parties aren’t “inherently racist”. These kids are having their first taste of freedom, and are experiementing with party themes of other cultures of which their fascinated/intruiged by.

    It would be a different story if they would be having slave or kufi parties (at that point, it would reach past fascination and into mockery of another culture).

    Let’s not forget, these are basically children we are talking about. Most white 18-21 yr olds have not yet experienced real life: i.e. responsibilities, bills, etc.

    In the end, anyone bashing children like this is equally to blame for misunderstanding and misconceiveing an out group that they are unfamiliar with.

    DOS!

  • Meka Soul

    i don’t know if i should slap the next random cracker i see now.

  • SilverBack Gorilla

    Lo-D Says:

    January 26th, 2007 at 12:25 pm
    people in general disgust me….

    & Meka Soul Says:

    January 26th, 2007 at 2:58 pm
    i don’t know if i should slap the next random cracker i see now.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    That about sums it up… What tha’ hell do white folks be thinkin’ about?? ((shakes head)) Good suggestions tho’ Tara.

  • Conkrete

    You do know that ghetto is a term to describe a poverty stricken area…it has nothing to do with race. I’m white and I grew up in what is considered a ghetto. Lower level income, public housing, etc. It’s the fact that people who have never been to the ghetto think it’s a cool word and they are changing the definition of it. I think you are exactly right, I can’t tell you about Mt. Rushmore because I’ve never been so for me to say I’m having a Mt. Rushmore party and to make a mockery out of something that is serious to others is wrong. So until they have had the experience, they should fake about it. Could you imagine if other races started having white trash parties…we could have them in a trailer and open beer bottles with our teeth and wear dirty tank tops…she the media and gov’t would go nuts. Double standars in the counrty, I swear.

  • Conkrete

    I meant “shouldn’t act fake about it”

  • che

    damn straight.

  • derfla the hus’la

    My Effin’ Opinion Says:

    January 26th, 2007 at 11:22 am
    I have never understood the term “act black”. How the hell can you act a race/color. Where i’m from black and spanish people act the same. So does that mean they’re “acting spanish” too? Also as individuals we all act differently. If you sag your pants, use slang and drink malt liquor is that “acting black”. Oprah Winfrey is black and she don’t act like that. So how can It be “acting black” if all black people don’t act the same. To me it’s more like “acting out a stereotype” that is engaged in by black, spanish and even white people. Just because more black people engage in the “stereotype” it doesn’t mean your “acting black”.

    If a group of white people in a caddy did a driveby shooting over some beef, would you call that “acting black
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    maybe it’s cuz you’er missing the point thru your thick head what you are saying is out off point you are talking about people who are born within a society or have immigrated into a certain society thus thats why they speak spanish and mite act like someone from spain but Tara is talking about white rich kids who have never been to any thing close to the getho and only experience it in cd’s and dvd’s so then that is acting black cuz thats not where their from, it would be a different story if the white kids where actually born in the getho get that through that thick head.

    and that point about oprah is jus lame, for your information oprah is in a bussiness environment when she’s doing her show so how do you expect her to act you dumb ass

  • http://www.chronikill.com ROX ONE

    On more than one occasion in college (in the south) I was paid handsomely to roll blunts for a “ghetto party.”

    By the same token, I think that while ignorance isn’t neccesarily a defense, I don;t think these events are thrown with malice intentions. White people love to dress up and shit.

    There was an article in (i believe) the voice about a year ago about these elaborate period parties that were getting thrown downtown, which is also a bit reidiculous, but I doubt that anyone would be up in arms about the lack of sensitivity to the plight of victorian woman.

    I would love to see people have a stereotypical “white people” party, where everyone wore tight pants and funny sweater vests and didn’t know how to dance and other stereotypes.

    If you get offended by a bunch of white kids wearing fronts for a night and drinking 40s and smoking blunts, you may have a bit too much time on your hands. There are MUCH more overt racist things going on in everyday life.

  • makaveli

    I’m not understanding why some of the people who read xxlmag.com… read xxlmag.com. It seems to me like they have absolutely no part in hip hop culture. They can’t really imagine what its like to live in the ghetto and actually have to struggle, cause movies and music can’t seem to do enough for their sheltered asses… Some people just don’t understand what it means to be hungry… like actually hungry, not like there’s nothin GOOD to eat, but there’s nothing to eat and no money in your pocket… There’s more to “ghetto life” than 40′s, chicken, and clothing…

  • honky in the house

    Good on ya, Tara. I hear white folks sling hip hop lingo all day, thinking its hype to pretend like you’re down. That this is a thinly veiled form of racism is too obvious. As a true lover of the form, I can’t get with it. And everybody talks about the ghetto like they know…we don’t even have projects here.

    You better check yr friend, Bol, though as he’s over there commending Kanye for finally getting with the pop hop misogynist program. Like that’s what the art needs…another dude hating women on wax.

  • thoreauly77

    moe-

    she might be projecting, who knows? i know that i would have been offended, so one could easily assume that the black girl was offended as well. but who knows, she may not even give any credence at all to that kind of shit. its all hypothetical of course, but the question was that tara wondered what the girl thought, not whether the girl was as offended as she was, and not whether the girl thought the idea was hilarious and showed up to the party that night with a gold chain and white t on. good point about the assumptions.

  • J.R.O.

    Real T, Tara. Buncha fuckin’ ignoramuses is what they are. They need to cut it out. Stop, the shit’s disgusting.

    Fuck a Tarelton State University.

    Fuck a ignorant white boy.

    Fuck a RIAA.

    Fuck a racist Rocawear model.

    Fuck a George Bush.

  • yung ceasa

    SL Says:

    January 26th, 2007 at 8:58 am
    Oh, so your vision of the ghetto is bad schools, violence, single mothers, homeless, people who don’t pay the rent, incarcerated family members. Talking about stereotypes…

    Just kidding of course !

    ————————

    lukee lefty Says:

    January 26th, 2007 at 9:09 am
    its almost like ghetto is the new nigger

    thanks a lot hiphop !!!

    ————————-

    its incredible how ignorant some of you so-called superior minded people can be. tell me how can you SL and lukee lefty be so oblivious 2 what and who you are ridiculing. tara i respect u 4 finally speaking on this subject, because i heard about that so-called “ghetto” party and i aint been that upset since KKKramer stoped trien 2 be funny. i mean a 16 year-old high school dropout, who actually sells drugs, unlike some of these perpetratin rappers, has more common sense than your average white college student. SL u dont have any right 2 ridicule somethin u never lived, i’ve actually lived that single mother raisin me up, schools that dont care if u succeed or not, and i currently have and previously had family members locked up and its nothin 2 make fun of. and u lukee lefty i dont even think that you are black so yo ass shouldnt even be sayin that word, i bet you u woudnt say that shyt if u came 2 tha quote, unquote hood, or was in tha pressence of a black person. and also 2 any of you college kids involved wit that “ghetto” party fuck you and all of yall’s slaveowner ancesters.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    derfla the hus’la Says:

    January 26th, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    ” … Tara is talking about white rich kids who have never been to any thing close to the getho and only experience it in cd’s and dvd’s so then that is acting black …”

    ^^^^^^^^^

    I know what Tara is talking about and I agree it’s offensive, but again, they were mocking a culture not a race, Tara NEVER said they were “acting black”, her post was about them making fun of the ghetto so let’s get that straight. I was commenting on when you said that you didn’t like when white people “act black” I don’t care what you say, If they painted themselves black, then you can say they are “acting black” .. other than that, what people do is mock a culture that you cannot absolutely attribute to just “black” (cuz again they are plenty of Puerto Rican’s that act the same way) or like someone else said, a class of people (from a financial point of view). Just because it may represent the actions of a majority of people, you cannot blanket the situation and label it “black”

    … and your point about Oprah is even lamer, you tryna tell me that she act’s different when she not “working” .. fuck outta here

    My point about the Oprah thing was just to say that not all black people act the same way so to attribute a behavior to just one race of people, to me, is insulting.

    Tara’s blog about mocking Hip Hop culture or life in the ghetto (as those college assholes did) is a totally different thing, but being black in America is not something that you can “act like”.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    … Guess i’m not such a dumb-ass after all …

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    “…Elvis was a hero to most, but he never meant shit to me. Cuz he was straight out racist, the sucker was simple & plain- ‘muthafuck him and John Wayne’…” (c)Public Enemy

    FIGHT THE POWER!!!

  • JP_209

    So like I was saying…

    Is it wrong if a minority from the hood has one of these parties intentionally?

    If they can see the humor in it, and maybe have a sense of humor about themselves for everything they used to believe in or think was cool.

  • DANTE SEVERE

    Thanks to your links i now know that Bud ICE 40′s are still an issue in America.

  • TS

    some OK points, but mainstream rap’s probably most to blame for perpetuating ghetto stereotypes.

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    I like the concept of sending these privlaged white kids to ghettos so they can actually understand what they are making fun of……

    Never mind I’m just gonna go find a group of hipsters and attack them

  • derfla the hus’la

    My point about the Oprah thing was just to say that not all black people act the same way so to attribute a behavior to just one race of people, to me, is insulting.

    Tara’s blog about mocking Hip Hop culture or life in the ghetto (as those college assholes did) is a totally different thing, but being black in America is not something that you can “act like”.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    but then it all comes down to what these white kids have been exposed to coz it seems like the only thing they can associate black people with is hiphop and hence the “ghetho” so you see these kids do what they see then generalize that and make it as if all black people “act” that way(from the getho) thus they try and act that way especially when they are with black people “to fit in” or make a mockery of the concerned culture as those rich kids where doing get it.

    besides I think there’s a term for such people and their called “whiggers” see if you where into hiphop you would have known that.

  • paul

    i would like to dump my hot yoghurt on tara’s bum is that ok ?? I wouldnt want to talk to her after spilling my hot yoghurt on her bum because she is so simple read her columns

  • champ-E-own

    did you know…that if youre white, youre RICH

    did you know…that if youre white, you have to wear abercrombie, or ghey ass hollister or watever other tight tee tuesday shit there is

    im white. people ask me(white kids) why do you dress ghetto? i say “why, because i wear my shirts so their not cutting off my circulation? what if black people mostly wore hollister? would you still wear that homo shit? shut the fuck up. do you.”

    ive been to the ghetto. ive lived in the ghetto. ive worked in the ghetto. ive been to the trap, the block party.

    you are a reflection of your surroundings

  • wize93

    Tara, you sound like a white “hipster”. The only reason why I can’t totally bomb on these students for the goof is because the behavior is out there. So what do we do? Tell every black kid we see on the street to pull his pants up? To stop drinking forties? To stop calling each other the N-word,(-a or -er)? Every black girl to stop doing the hoochie-shake in videos? Will this stop the stereotypes? I still enjoy laughing at the white hipster stereotype. Thrift store shopping, red, green, black and gold wearin’,2 black friends havin’, hip-hop/indie purists that smell like(what IS that bitter-ass smell?) Don’t worry Tara, black people will be alright. I just feel sorry (not really) for the kids in this picture. They’ll never make public office. Or will they? Oh yeah, Tara, YOU IS FINE!!!!!

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  • Malik B

    >(in rural atlanta, whites don’t have a lot of interaction with other races on the regular, which sucks).

    Um…what part of Atlanta is “rural?” Just askin’.

  • http://www.jameslambjr.com J. Lamb

    “Maybe then they would have an inkling why their “ghetto” parties are so absurdly offensive. Poverty is no joke, dummies.” – Tara Henley

    Uhm … No. I’m sorry, but those ignorant college students are not mocking poverty. They mock a racialized group of American citizens – specifically African Americans. Ms. Henley, this can’t be deconstructed into another instance where a White person realizes a group of Whites have been racially insensitive and then ignores the inherent racism of those White people’s actions to focus on the classist elements therein.

    We endured enough of that during Hurricane Katrina and it’s aftermath.

    Those students were utterly racist in their jovial partying, and no “ghetto immersion” policies will assist such deeply ingrained hatred of Black American citizens. Period.

    Ms. Henley, my melanin does not wash off, so anyone willing to comment on those who lampoon my melanin need to deal with its permanent status. Let’s not obscure the nature of these children’s prejudice by ignoring racism to discuss class.

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    lame

  • Busters Mom

    The largest ghetto in North America is full of white people and indians. I think there are about 5 black people who live in the area.

    Something to ponder.

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  • Bang

    “I’d like to see them on the front lines, confronting what inequality looks like up close and personal—serving meals in soup kitchens and food banks, tutoring the young kids that are overlooked by the school system”

    I’d like to see them poor and dead

  • http://www.myspace.com/poisonousdarthfc Poisonous Dart

    If you keep this up, maybe people will think that maybe blogs should be insightful, informative and include some factual content….Naaaah! LOL. Good work, Tara (but of course, you already knew that).

    One.

  • xhurricanex

    fucking black people..just shut the fuck up already..yall always fucking bitching and moaning about something. and i aint fucking racist, its just the fucking truth. just shut the fuck up already, fuck

  • xhurricanex

    o0oh ya…niggers…

  • ill

    main stream hip hop sends info to the crowd and thats where they get it. like how another culture dont understand

  • Louloutte

    I didn’t thought it was that ridiculous and racist until i saw the pictures!!
    How can they be so stupid? How can they think ghetto sum up as “I love chicken”? What do they think is that funny to play that role?
    I’m a white girl but I kinda don’t understand that people. I would never dream of doing a damn thing like that. They don’t even know what is a ghetto!! Me neither: I live in france so i would never; ever, ever pretend i know what it’s like to be in an american ghetto…

  • Leonard Cohen

    Listen you dumb bitch Ghetto is not a hip hop slang term It was coined for the Jewish people who were put into quarters known as ghettos during and before the holocaust

  • BlackBoy

    marlon Says:
    January 26th, 2007 at 11:18 am

    You’re too much. I think girls who dress like butterflies on halloween should be forced to spend a week in a cocoon. I think it was ignorant to do it because of MLK, but dressing up ‘ghetto’ for fun at a party is not that serious. I know a girl who had a blood n crip wedding where one family dressed blood and one dressed crip, were they having fun or should they have been shooting each other so they could understand the struggle. ps stroumbolopolisaurus is a gay.

    The DUMBEST thing I’ve heard all day… People DIE over that Blood and Crip shit. And it’s cute to do at a wedding? what a douchebag. kill yourself.

  • TSF

    That Tarleton thing sounds a lot like something that happened at my old college last year. The kids that threw the party got in trouble and there was a week of panel discussions on race and diversity at the school. Unfortunately, they were preaching to the converted, so to speak.

  • rob

    why should those kids that threw a “ghetto party” be punished? there’s people that throw asian style parties, latin, etc.. ghetto is just another theme.. whats so bad about eating fried chicken, drinking malt liquor and dressing in baggy clothes? and furthermore.. why are YOU offended by this?

  • rob

    plus, we throw black slang around because its so funny.. how rediculous is it to scream westsiiiiiiiiiiiide or to talk like some of these rappers do.. its just so bad its FUNNY.

  • thatdukeSuave

    Malik B Says:

    January 27th, 2007 at 10:09 am
    >(in rural atlanta, whites don’t have a lot of interaction with other races on the regular, which sucks).

    Um…what part of Atlanta is “rural?” Just askin’.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Shit whats considered Atlanta consists of about 15 or so counties, then there’s metro Atlanta that exists 20-30 miles out from atlanta in every direction. It ain’t all Buckhead, Phipps Plaza, and clean streets; it also ain’t all Zone4, Cambleton Road, and College Park either. Thats what makes it a great city, there’s country roads and high end avenues and broken-down, almost forgot about sections. Come visit

  • mike man

    fuckin racist white kids all most makes me ashamed to be a white boy

  • Whiteman

    ok bitch I gave you a chance shut your fucking mouth you r white so stop sucking niggers dicks(figurativly and literally) by posting this poor black ppl stop making fun of them shit. As if we don’t already have problems wif balls and guilt trips in our race stupid bitches like you try and make white people try and look bad. I hope some jig knocks you up and leaves your ass with his convict mullato child which then you have to go on maury and make yourself out to look like a whore proving its his. Its white people like you who fuck the world up not ones like me you stupid cunt.

  • yung ceasa

    Busters Mom Says:

    January 27th, 2007 at 1:40 pm
    The largest ghetto in North America is full of white people and indians. I think there are about 5 black people who live in the area.

    Something to ponder.

    umm could u name this place by name……..no? didnt think so

  • yung ceasa

    Whiteman Says:

    January 28th, 2007 at 6:12 pm
    ok bitch I gave you a chance shut your fucking mouth you r white so stop sucking niggers dicks(figurativly and literally) by posting this poor black ppl stop making fun of them shit. As if we don’t already have problems wif balls and guilt trips in our race stupid bitches like you try and make white people try and look bad. I hope some jig knocks you up and leaves your ass with his convict mullato child which then you have to go on maury and make yourself out to look like a whore proving its his. Its white people like you who fuck the world up not ones like me you stupid cunt.

    —————

    a yo u racist lil bitch. i was taught by my mother 2 never attack a women, or leave her defenseless and its no different that when someone is gettin verbally abused, especially a female. now (white) people like u are that reason that MLK died in tha first place, its (white) people like u (and curtis jackson’s dumbass) that runs tha electorial colleges in every state that elected dubya leader of tha free world despite his 2000 presidential advisary, (al gore) winning tha popular vote which should decide who wins tha presidential race. now see its (white) people like tara who tries 2 shed tha light on a very dark subject, and i as a 16 year old african/hispanic american young man(otherwise known as a sterotype [that bein doubled because i am a mixed minority]) respect and appreciate tara for speakin on it and makin not only racist white people but racists of all nationalities wake up and realize its not right to ridicule different cultures because its not wat you’re used to like you said you shouldnt make fun of people who are less fortunate than you. so its not white people like tara who fucks tha world up, no its white people like tha cracker above me.

  • http://sexy-results.blogspot.com Ian

    Tara, what you fail to realize is that kids who go to some school called “Tarleton State” are too dumb to possibly be effected by your suggestions. The funny thing is that if you’re familiar with that part of the country, white kids out there dress like that anyways, pretty much all the time. Any given day, you’ll see at least a dozen people who look EXACTLY like Paul Wall.

  • http://NONE KILLA BLACK

    See white people want to be black people, but they dont want the stuggle that goes with it. NO matter what they might think is getto,they would neever want to go to a real getto party. So trying to make fun of my people like we are a joke, when deep down you want to be us, to me, its flattering. So we should act like the Kings and Queens we are, and rise and teach the babies. Real HIPHOP myspace.com/Blu-Black

  • http://NONE KILLA BLACK

    See white people want to be black people, but they dont want the stuggle that goes with it. NO matter what they might think is getto,they would neever want to go to a real getto party. So trying to make fun of my people like we are a joke, when deep down you want to be us, to me, its flattering. So we should act like the Kings and Queens we are, and rise and teach the babies. Real HIPHOP myspace.com/Blu-Black

  • Spoony Bard

    I wonder what Holocaust survivors that lived through real ghettos think about all this…

  • EReal

    Its more ironic to me that the white kid was just sitting there bragging to the black chick about it. Why didnt she tell that honkey mother fucker that shits not cool?
    Or, why didnt you tell him Tara-Squad?

    Btw, what were you trying on? Some g-unit shit?
    lol

    1 hunned.

  • MissLoveOne

    One thing a lot of these people don’t understand, is that ghetto is a state of mind. Not where you live or how you dress. You can come from money and still be ghetto. I don’t care what background you come from, you can’t buy class.

    Anyway, in pertaining to the subject Miss Tara wrote. There are vast misconceptions about the hoods/ghettos. Yes, there is crime, empovershed people, delapidated schools and what not. But, there are vast misconceptions and stereotypes. Not everybody from the hood is commiting crimes, have their pants hanging off their butts, and smoking and drinking all day.

    They have a lot of hard working, honest people there. They’re just trying to make it the best way they know how. In fact, some very resourceful people come out of that. They look at me funny, because I’m articulate, intelligent, talented, bright. I’m mild mannered and was raised with values. When they find out where I’m from they are shocked.

    I ask why are you shocked? Because I’m not the stereotype you see and here about. Because I don’t carry that mentality with me. I tell them I do not apologize for being educated, and using my brain making something of myself.

    What broke my heart one day, was when my sister was in school, and she told a counciler, let me call my dad (about something). The lady said, you have a dad? As if all of us from the hood come from broken homes or have different dads. That really saddened me to know she thought like that right off the bat. It wasn’t that she said that. It was the ignorance behind it.

    Now I don’t blame Hip Hop for what’s happening with these images. Simply because we don’t control that anymore. We gave our power away, for money. Coroporate America controls our images in Hip Hop now. Therefore, they’re going to continue to push negative stereotypes, to keep the things like “ghetto parties” going. To keep these already ignorant people in ignorance. This is why stuff like this happens.

  • EReal

    “The lady said, you have a dad?”

    Thats some really messed up stuff right there sista.

    And as far as corporate america, there are people trying to not let them control everything, but you cant stem the tide for the most part. Ask Dj Drama.

  • DRR

    Stupid white hipsters and their hiphop lingo (you’d think Hip-Hop was the dominant form of popular music and fashion for upwards of a decade now or something.)

    Only Canadian white girls who walk around wearing giant parkas and listen to backpacker rap can properly understand da culture.

  • DRR

    Stupid white hipsters and their hip-hop lingo. You’d think Hip-Hop was the dominant music and fashion for over a decade or something.

    Only Canadian white girls who sport giant parkas and jock shitty canadian backpacker rap can properly understand da culture.

  • fully loaded (I might spray a load on you)

    rob Says:

    January 28th, 2007 at 12:24 pm
    why should those kids that threw a “ghetto party” be punished? there’s people that throw asian style parties, latin, etc.. ghetto is just another theme.. whats so bad about eating fried chicken, drinking malt liquor and dressing in baggy clothes? and furthermore.. why are YOU offended by this?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    so to you when someone intensionally mocks another culture it’s cool ? or better yet when rich kids make fun of the poor it’s all good ah?

    get outer here whigger go blog at rollingstone.com fucken racist.

  • Whiteman

    For the little niggerspic you don’t have any real point so you bring up unrelated shit. How is a person who is born in 1991 have anything to do with shooting MLK. I know its what yall do best but thats one thing you can’t stick on this white man. The race card only works when you can match the dates up because something that doesn’t yet exist can’t be rasicst right genius. Ye fuck you and your taco fried chicken eating ass!!!

  • jacob

    Where do I start….the white man has always coveted (secretly wanted) other races and cultures for their own. They take, steal, pilliage, and rape the cultures of other peoples. Once they have conquered the people, I.e. Native Americans, they steal the heritage, and gradually change it to adopt it as thier very own. This is the nature of the white man, and has been since…. forever. They belittle us, yet they envy us. They laugh at our culture, yet they steal it, and try in vain to replicate it.Peep the history, from slavery days, until now, the white man has done the same thing..degrade us as a people, and take from our culture. They are getting bolder with the disrespect (MLK’s b-day??!!) If the students involved in this are no repremanded, we as a people need to re-act..and not the MLK way, because obviously they don’t respect that…THE PRE-PILGRIMAGE-A.K.- WIELDING-AMERIKKKAS NIGHTMARE-MALCOM….

  • yung ceasa

    Whiteman Says:

    January 29th, 2007 at 10:49 pm
    For the little niggerspic you don’t have any real point so you bring up unrelated shit. How is a person who is born in 1991 have anything to do with shooting MLK. I know its what yall do best but thats one thing you can’t stick on this white man. The race card only works when you can match the dates up because something that doesn’t yet exist can’t be rasicst right genius. Ye fuck you and your taco fried chicken eating ass!!!

    ————

    tha true definition of tha word nigger is plain and simple: ignorant. so reel talk bitch u’se a nigger. cause u obviously didnt understand that what i meant by (white) people like you, i meant racist people in general, past, present, and future you dumb bitch made fuck. and tha shyt i said is related because you were tha one who bought up tha race card “whiteman” dumbass. and if you wanna see wat i actually said on this “ghetto” party look 4 my name, dumbass i came back to comment on yo racist views and for attacking tara for talkin on some reel shyt. if you were actually readin tha same thing everyelse was you’d realize she wasnt just talkin about poor black people bein ridiculed but moreso poor people in general……dumbass and another thing you aint no gott damn man for two reasons, 1) if you were only born in ’91 you only turnin 16 this year and 2) how can you be a man when you a certified pussy. o and response to that lil niggerspic comment you made earlier…… por eso sus mamás chuparon el pene, cabrone…..

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  • Belize

    Wowo great read…wish i read it earlier…
    Props mama!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com chillywilly da3rd

    you white mofos are really really really getting on my bad side i use to defend the crackers when my people were being racist i know some cool white folks and i do belive they are better and more commutive then there parents but at the same time they are becoming to confi we allknow they wish they had the black swagger but all the posturing is not cool the token black is like the new asessery and a couple of my guys have made being the token black their hustle one of these friends invited me to a westcost 80′s college party were in chicago im pretty sure its gonna be malt liqure sunglasses sagging pants and the whole 9 imma go to see the look on they little pale faces when the real “niggers” step thru the door i cant fucking wait

  • NickeNitro

    I think Tara’s idea is great. If only these kids had been raised by someone like her — they’d have a lot more perspective, understanding, and sympathy.

    I really hope this whole hipster marketing scheme finally ends soon. There’s absolutely no irony left in trying to act ironic anymore, and there’s nothing to be smug about in trying to show how much smarter and better you think you are than others. It just shows that you’re really insecure and desperate to feel accepted.

    Sorry to spam, but speaking of travesties that happened around MLK day, anyone interested in protecting poor people’s civil rights will want to sign this letter to Congress:

    http://www.colorofchange.org/hud/?id=2503-88200

  • http://www.xxlmag.com TARA

    MISSLOVEONE: I hear you. I was trying to illustrate why it’s so cruel to make fun of people that are struggling in the inner cities. But I see your point about perpetuating stereotypes of that struggle. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

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  • Imjusme

    Ok. I’m white and go to Tarleton State. I’m also a proud member of a historically black organization. In no way to I wish to change my skin color. I’m ashamed of these actions of “gangsta parties” and shows like “White Rapper”. But I Do NOT apologize for enjoying the hip hop culture. I Do NOT apologize for joining an organization whose values reflect my personal ones instead of joining one that people would say I should have joined just because I’m lacking some pigment in my skin. We ALL need educate on what is or is not appropriate for all races.

  • 19thSOUTH

    im on the same shit with thatdukesuave, ima whiteboy from a hot block and not only respect the hip hop culture but the game is my life. and all this “ghetto” talk is bullshit, aint nothin fake about it. real life real death real struggle real talk