The topic of hipster racism has been talked about in the past but now seems particularly appropriate to revisit. Hipster racism is when “hipsters” think making racist comments is ironic, edgy, or a way to semantically diffuse weighty terminology. Despite whatever cultural context or obfuscation, the statements/actions/objects are still racist.
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In 1979, Lester Bangs wrote “The White Noise Supremacists,” confronting racism in counterculture, as well as his own use of the n word. Colorlines revisited the piece in 2012, pointing to the continuing problem in hipster culture.
Five years later, there is now a newly labeled hipster neo-nazi subculture, the “alt right.” Even the use of “alt” or alternative is a buzzword in subcultural circles. Like larger hipster culture there is associated clothing, language, and haircuts. Recently, Fred Perry felt the need to distance himself from the alt right because his polo shirts are quite popular with neo nazi groups like the Proud Boys.
To end on a happier note…