I was watching Parks and Recreation in my quad today when I saw this clip. I was unable to find the whole scene on youtube but prior to this comment Leslie Knope (the main character) had held a public forum where people got very upset and started yelling at the government officials. The man talking, a visiting official from Venezuela, goes on about how he is appalled that people were not arrested for this kind of action.
The following is a screen shot from the website broslikethissite.com. #94 (note: numbers are in order of post date, not in order of pertinence to the bro ideal) on the extensive list of things “bros” like is the token black bro. To backtrack a little, a “bro,” as my high school defined it, was typically associated with lacrosse. These white males love partying, “chicks,” flow [long hair], and “being chill.” This bro culture has prompted the creation of many websites including Bro Bible and Bros Like this Site along with an entire fashion sense [lacrosse pinnies, boat shoes, croakies, and Nantucket Reds]. Specifically, Bros Like this Site offers a list of things typical bros are interested in. On the right column of the home page, the site offers a list of their most popular posts. Among “#24 Birth Control not Involving Condoms,” and “#3 Calling Girls Sluts,” was “#94 The Token Black Bro.” While most things these bros boast about are politically incorrect and extremely upsetting, their post on the Token Black Bro highlights many of our national standards involving race.
A couple days ago, somehow my mom and I started talking about my child hood obsession with Barbie. Even though I owned all types of Barbie dolls, accessories, cars, and houses I owned, I realized that I never owned a My Size Barbie, so of course I had to ask why. My mom then informed me that even though I didn’t have much in common with the other dolls, it wasn’t as big of deal, but she did not want to buy a My Size Barbie, for the simple fact that they were not “my size” (or anyone else’s for that matter).