White like me is a series where I openly mock all the crazy things white people do. It's an index of my life as a white person and observations about OWP.
Trust me, many of you (OWP - other white people) will nod your head aggressively when reading this
post. Even non-OWP will get it.
If there's common thread to the lives of white people, it's that white kids who play sports at anything approaching a high level will go through a hip-hop phase. There's different stages of the white kid/hip-hop phase, but the stages generally play out as follows:
1. White kid knows nothing about anything outside his bubble. Clueless except for the suburbs.
2. White kid then finds a niche in sports and starts building skills.
3. White kid's parents figure out he has a gift (at varying levels) and start investing in the aforementioned sport for their kid. That usually means camps and experiences outside the bubble.
4. White kid is uncomfortable with exposure to other cultures initially, then figures out that he/she is actually the minority. #topsyturvy
5. As the minority, white kids attempts to assimilate into culture by picking up staples of new culture, which in sports is usually hip-hop music.
6. The level of assimilation into the culture varies. Some kids pick up the music only, some pick up other cultural trends via clothes, accessories, etc.
It's different for unique sports, but this trend is strongest in basketball. As a youngster, I cut my teeth on Run-DMC, KRS-One and others, which was fine and I'd be supportive of that as a parent. Then it all changed with Eazy-E, NWA and Ice-T. It got angry, profane, etc. So that makes it harder for parents today who see the transition, but that's life overall as well as in hip-hop.
I'm not complaining about this common thread of sports and hip-hop - I think it's healthy.
It's just when it goes too far that it becomes uncomfortable. Two examples - Vanilla Ice (has there ever been a more crystal example of #6?) and the Offspring's Pretty Fly for a White Guy.
Watching these two videos is funny and extremely hard for anyone who's been through the white kids/sports/hip-hop transition. Did I look like that to others?
Kind of. Videos below (email subscribers click through for videos)...