Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: White people… White people everywhere!!1!
First, a little bit of mood music:
Apparently not only does European culture not depend on White people, but White people are actually contrary to “European Culture“…
“The EU jury of the European Capital of Culture contest (EKF 2023), said that one of the participating towns is ‘too white and there are not enough migrants’ […]
“With only seven semi-finalists left, the Hungarian town of Székesfehérvár made a promotional film for the jury. The film shows the town’s most beautiful places, a happy couple and some kids playing.
“But the EU’s jury rejected the submission of Székesfehérvár’s debut film: ‘There are too many happy white people and crosses, and not enough migrants,’ the jury said.”
The promotional film in question:
Apparently any large enough group of “white, upper class, able-bodied males” is #Problematic…
“This week, between 11:30 AM and 1 PM, regular patrons of The Little Pub (a time commonly known as ‘Pub Lunch’) might have noticed an unfamiliar dynamic. Such a divergence from the Pub’s expected lunchtime normalcy is the result of a Facebook group called ‘PUB POWER’; the group has set a goal of disrupting the typical demographic makeup of the space.
“According to the group’s description, PUB POWER aims to ‘have as many women possible attend pub lunch in order to dismantle [the] hegemony and reclaim the space as open to all.’ They add, ‘Historically, white, upper class, able-bodied males have dominated and claimed many ‘public spaces’ as their own. Here, at Hamilton College, the Little Pub Lunch serves as a prime example of a space occupied solely by men.’
“Although the group acknowledges that any detrimental actions or tendencies of the white, upper class, and able-bodied men who tend to frequent Pub Lunch may be ‘unintentional’, the group asserts that their dominance over the space ‘makes women, alongside other LGBTQIA+ and POC members of our community feel inferior, unwelcomed, and outnumbered.'”
Everything, ‘twould seem for some, about Whiteness is #Problematic.
“‘Witnessing Whiteness’ is an educational workshop series focusing on issues such as ‘dominant white culture’ and ‘culture and appropriation,’ and UCCS is offering students three graduate academic credits in exchange for implementing the series in their home communities.
“The curricula for the class is open source, and as such, all course materials are available online. One worksheet, for instance, encourages students to convene attendees for a group discussion centered around the “transformation of white culture overall.”
“According to Shelly Tochluk, the program’s creator, characteristics of white culture include ‘individualism, consumerism, meritocracy as an ideal, superficiality, competition, ambition, productivity, [and] extreme exploitation of labor/resources for profit.'”
Oh those White people…