I got an e-mail from my oldest daughter today. She sent me this list http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/full-list-of-stuff-white-people-like/ The title of her message was "hilarious and sadly true" I did not find the list either amusing or sad. If anything, I found it somewhat artificial but close to home for me- an educated, liberal white boy. I am sure there are lots of white people who would not reasonate with the list. I am sure there are plenty of people of color who would do so.
Frankly, I am not sure what angle she was taking but I am sure it was a derisive one. She likes to stir the pot and likes to get her parents, co-workers, fellow students and friends to think twice about their assumptions about...well, just about everything. I took her and her sister to a Blackhawks hockey game last night and offered to buy them each a tee shirt jersey. The little sister loved her Patrick Sharp jersey/shirt. She was especially thrilled when Sharp scored a goal in a game that the Hawks won. The older sister didn't want anything to do with a shirt with an Indian head on it but did enjoy the game.
But I digress. What struck me about the list? "#110 Frisbee Sports " That's pretty far down the list. I would have hoped for a higher ranking. Sure, I was happy to see frisbee sports on the list. But in my world, and I suspect most DGRUS readers, young old, male, female, white, black or otherwise, we are talking top ten. I think that might be the truest part about the list. Whatever list we are making it is likely that frisbee sports is pretty far down the list.
I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I remember the tennis boom of the 70's. It made court time hard to get. Its a lot easier now that tennis is not so popular. Pro players surely want frisbee sports to rise to the top. That way there willl be commercial interest in the sport and pro purses can get richer. For an Amateur like me its not so bad. disc golf (being a frisbee sport) is on the radar. It makes the list. However, its not ubiquitous and people, other than some of my family members, are not annoyed by it. I do not have to wait at most courses. Its not so bad being on the periphery of the national (or in this case white people's) consciousness. Higher on the list is Wrigley Field. Have you ever tried to get a ticket to a Cubs game? As a Sox fan its no big deal to me. However, its rough. I would never want disc golf or any frisbee sport to get as popular as Wrigley Field unless I turn pro. Those of you who have played with me know that is not going to happen anytime soon.