June 18, 2014

Kim Kardashian discovers racism exists

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and baby North at a Vogue photo shoot

Kim Kardashian on having a bi-racial child

I discovered this via Jezebel and I'm surprised to say that it is indeed a thoughtful post. I don't have anything against Kim,  I'm not terribly aware of celeb goings-on. Nothing like becoming a mum to mixed race children to wake you to the complexities of prejudice in the western world. I find it hard to believe the Kardashian sisters never faced any kind of race-based discrimination before? Perhaps wealth and privilege can totally hermetically seal you against life. Perhaps they never ventured into the sort of redneck country where racism grows ripe and flourishes.

However, they have encountered a backlash from the moneyed folks of the Hamptons:

Residents want to keep the Kardashians out.

This desirable zip code is described by Forbes as the favoured home for many multi-billionaires. Its hard to translate this nicely, but, yes its a haven for rich, white people. While the Kardashians may hail from Armenian stock they're as much born and bred in America as any other Hamptonian (is that even a word, do I even care…?).

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