'Stuff White People Like' Hits a Nerve

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Mac computer, bicyclist, recycling bin, sushi.

Favorite things? Above, #40, #61, #64 and #42 on Christian Lander's list of "Stuff White People Like." iStockPhoto; Getty Images hide caption

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Columnist Gregory Rodriguez deconstructs the list:

What do expensive sandwiches, co-ed sports, public radio and recycling have in common? According to blogger Christian Lander, they all fall under the category of "Stuff White People Like."

Just over a month old, the controversial and provocative blog has almost 4 million hits. Lander says he started the blog as pure satire and was surprised to see it take off as quickly as it did.

Critics charge that the list is racist, stereotypical, and conflates race with economic status. But Lander maintains that the blog is in the spirit of good, provocative fun: "Irony" is #50 on the list, "Having Black Friends" is #14, and Lander — who says almost everything he does is listed — plans to add "Self-Importance" soon.



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