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A Complete Guide to 'Hipster Racism'

04/26/2012 04:45 pm ET | Updated Jun 26, 2012

There's been a lot of talk these last couple of weeks about "hipster racism" or "ironic racism"--or, as I like to call it, racism. It's, you know, introducing your black friend as "my black friend"--as a joke!!!--to show everybody how totally not preoccupied you are with your black friend's blackness. It's the gentler, more clueless, and more insidious cousin of a hick in a hood; the domain of educated, middle-class white people (like me--to be clear, I am one of those) who believe that not wanting to be racist makes it okay for them to be totally racist. "But I went to college -- I can't be racist!" Turns out, you can.

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