I’m sure some of you have, by now, noticed that your comments on yesterday’s post, “Parking Savsies”, were not approved for publication. That is because the stated declarations that anyone who is labeled “young, urban, gangster punk ” must therefore be black was considered too presumptuous and inflammatory for this blog.
This site has readers all over the world….United Kingdom, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Germany, US, Denmark, etc…and to assume that a “young, urban, gangster punk” must be African American could be erroneous and rude. What others may view as a young gangster punk may be entirely different than what stereotype pops up into your head upon reading those words.
I noticed one of our British readers mentioned “chavs” which Wikipedia describes as youth loitering in “gangs on street corners and outside shops”, engaging in “petty thievery and violence,vandalism and an exaggerated ‘tough’ gangster-like voice and lingo and foul, aggressive language”. Chavs are most definitely Caucasian which demonstrates my point that readers who assumed the young parking space saver in the story had to be African American/black were making a few seriously wrong assumptions based on their own cultural stereotypes. The storywriter could have been referring to a young, black male but then, maybe not.