"Nègres blancs d'Amérique" - real FLQ
alienation amidst an ocean of anglophone culture
. A wigger
is a white
person who adopts the trappings of what he/she imagines is the "style" of black American
s. Not new: jazz
ers, from Mezz Mezzrow to Steve Lacy
to Joe Zawinul
, as well as radio
's Charles Correll and Freeman Gosden ("Amos and Andy") were/are "honorary African-American
s". They were legit; they lived black
ness, to varying degrees, even, in some cases, suffering the same abuse and alienation
that would have befallen someone born in a Harlem
tenement. Wiggerdom tends to be a left-handed compliment: a dilettante
The 20th Century contains many mainstream borrowings from black culture. That won't change. But that's a different thing from adopting a persona based on some stereotype - even if that stereotype is reified by persons of your acquaintance.
I'm a cultural tourist; I can whip up a paragraph of old 70s/80s B-Boy slang to enliven a dull writeup. I can appropriate phrases from French and German. But I'd never IRL try to pretend streetness or Germanness. I'm me. Ethnicity without portfolio. A four-eyed United Colours of Benetton in jeans, bare feet, and hair down to my shoulders (pending a haircut). See No Colour. Or, to borrow an ancient Reebok line: U B U.
Don't be a cryptoracist.