Racism and Classism Can Be Cool

Marlene says:

Someone sent me the link to this video recently.

To be clear, I live in Oakland. So does Debbie. One of the things I like about Oakland is that it isn’t (generally) populated by the kind of ignorant assholes that made this video.

Lake Merritt doesn’t smell like anything but a lake, unless you imagine that everything has to be nasty in a city (unlike San Francisco) where most of the poor people have not yet been displaced. A quick google search returned no results for a body ever found in the lake, but several occurrences of people assuming that it was something that happened all the time (mostly young middle class white Yelpers).

Oakland’s largest demographic group is African Americans. Aside from the overt racism in the section of the video about ghostriding, there is a general sense of Oakland’s “crappyness” in the video that has a racial undertone. This comes up for me in the segment on slow jaywalkers and the always hysterical “dead hooker” joke. I have lived close to the Bay Bridge Inn for ten years. I’m surprised that it wasn’t a “dead tranny hooker” joke.

I think it’s important to mention that the short piece of footage of two men dancing next to their car was stolen from a ghostriding video. Between that and the fact that the slow, stumbling jaywalker is portrayed by a white hipster actor it is clear that the makers of this film were likely afraid to actually get too close to any actual brown people.

It infuriates me that this is what young hip “liberal” San Franciscans think is funny these days. Stay on your side of the bridge. We don’t want you here.