New York Times suggest gifts for the people of color in your life

On FriendFeed, I was alerted to the fact that the New York Time’s Gift Guide for 2009, included a whole section for the people of color in your life.


I freely admit to being slightly amused by it. At first I thought it was a joke, but seeing articles and tweets about it, made me realize that it was an actual part of their guide. In 2009.

Naturally, I had to look it up myself. And…uh…well, read:

>>Of Color | Stylish Gifts


Somali fashion, do-it-yourself henna kits, children’s books that draw inspiration from the lives of Barack Obama and Sonia Sotomayor: it’s not hard to find gifts created for and by people of color this holiday season. Here are some possibilities.

There are some defensive people out there who think this is positively acceptable. They point out that the author of the section is black, so that makes it okay. Get it?

Now, I read some of the different suggestions on NYTPicker and kept thinking, “This has to be a joke.”, but uh…well…

For your Latino friends…


For your Indian Friends…henna

For your black friends…


And I guess this is really only geared toward your female Asian friends:


There you have it, or something. Looking at the other parts of the guide, I guess you can call it Stuff White People Like, I’m wondering now if I should like a race traitor for not creaming my¬† pants over the Baby Jamz suggestions, while drooling over the Art & Architecture books or wanting a DSLR.

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  • Whatever happened to walking up to your friends and saying, "hey, what'choo want for Christmas?" Or texting? Hell's bells with a French horn backup! I mean, if they're really your friends, you'll have some kind of idea of what they like already.
  • Jason: I need to get my assistant a gift.
    McKenna: What does he like?
    Jason: I don' t know. He's col-Ne-bla-African-American.
    McKenna: Well the New York Times has a whole section on what to give people of color.
    Jason: Thanks, McKenna. What a lifesaver!
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