Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Stuff White People Like

My friend Will forwarded this link. I thought the post, describing white folks and their lives with bicycles, was right-on and harmlessly funny. The comments (some of the language is unkind and racist) reveal the limited perceptions of the readers, as you'll see.

As my work appeared in magazines over the years, especially when I was writing heartfelt personal stuff, I'd see letters-to-editors that were revealing in the same way as these comments. Many readers just didn't get it, didn't understand what you were saying or how you felt. They came to reading your piece already in the wrong frame of mind.

The writer of this post is wise and gentle. He or she is poking fun. Some of the comments come from readers who understand that. Too many do not.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a really good knockoff: