Examples of wypipologist
Examples of wypipologist
Where does wypipologist come from?
Wypipologist is based on wypipo, a black slang term for “white people” (particularly those perceived to be racist, unaware of their own privilege, or engaging in cultural appropriation) based on a black colloquial pronunciation of the phrase. Wypipo is especially found on social media, such as Black Twitter, and is recorded as early as 2016.
Added to wypipo is the suffix -ologist, signifying someone with expert knowledge of a particular domain of study, usually a kind of science (think biologist). A wypipologist, then, “studies” wypipology— the science of white people, as it were, or white, mainstream culture.
Why does Donald Trump keep coming for black folks?
— The Root (@TheRoot) August 25, 2018
The term wypipologist appears to have been coined by journalist and commentator Michael Harriot, a major contributor to the black-geared website The Root in early 2017. In his bio for the site, Harriot describes himself as a “world-renowned wypipologist.”
Harriot often uses wypipologist in his irreverent coverage of white people and their sometimes-ridiculous or racist behaviors, ranging from the humorous (making acoustic versions of rap songs) to the harmful (calling cops on black people for being, well, black).
From Harriot, the term has spread and a few other media personalities began cheekily calling themselves wypipologists.
Yeah. Kinda like I've dealt with people like you before. You know. Those who can look at hate. See it play out. And make an excuse for it because of the color of the persons skin.
Thanks for the knowledge but, I got a career.
Wypipologist is my P/T job.
— Hanley Thrash (@HanleyThrash) January 21, 2019
Who uses wypipologist?
The term wypipologist remains prominently used by Michael Harriot in his coverage of white culture for The Root, though wypipo on its own is fairly common on social media.
Black Twitter ain't fucking around with wypipo on Super Bowl sunday.
— Tony (@PS3_4_Lyfe) February 4, 2019
I just— 😂😭
Wypipologist is my new fav word now https://t.co/hY28xkUaMA
— ميثا 🦁 (@errythangyonce) August 18, 2018
Some black people, however, have also humorously or casually adopted the title wypipologist in making observations about the behavior of white people. Hey, all those BBQ Becky’s and Permit Patty’s aren’t analyzing themselves, it seems.
— Victoria Uwonkunda (@Msuwonkunda) January 3, 2019
Some white people may take offense to wypipo/wypipologist as an example of reverse racism, but others would counter that these complaints overlook the privilege white people have historically enjoyed in mainstream culture and the long-running oppression of people of color.