“‘Blackness’ (as long as that concept has existed) has always been in fashion. The ways in which blackness is addressed and used as the basis for creative visions of the word mutates over time. For a long time, white men were allowed to take on black masculinity, which is where the concept of a “wigger” comes from. Although there were moments of white women incorporating elements of black style into their looks, it wasn’t in the same way. There was no appropriation of larger ideas of dress, attitude, speech, etc. As we enter the second and third(plus) generations of white kids globally who have ideas of what it means to be white and align oneself with black culture, we’ve gotten to a unique moment where white women, white gay men, and other races are playing with blackness; its notions of coolness, hardness, urban-ness and specific forms of hyper-sexuality.Racism doesn’t exist less, but the merger of black cultural expression with any idea of authenticity or entitlement-to has faded as the internet archives and makes accessible any and every fetish desire, including the desire for or admiration of another culture.
“I think everyone should be educated and maybe if that was emphasized more, we wouldn’t find ourselves trapped in cyclical conversations that ricochet between angry accusation and dismissive arrogance. READ. If you like black culture so much, try to understand it—it will make everything you do cooler and smarter. Otherwise… I guess you’re just a wigger.”
-Juliana Huxtable, New York-based writer, critic, and nightlife princess