Monday, April 14, 2008

Buppie Re Defined

Dear Buppie,
So, some friends and I were playing Scrabble and we discovered that 'buppie' is in the official scrabble dictionary. This lead us to wonder about the history of the word, and whether it is a derogatory term or not. So, doing a Google search led me to you. So, is it derogatory?

BTW, I read a bunch of your stuff- thanks for the fresh view on things. I think YOU should be on NPR!

Dear Scrabblehead,

On behalf of all the buppie writers we appreciate you reading!!

Buppie. So the technical term IMO comes from

Buppie -A highly sophisticated and upper class black person. Usually a Black city or suburban resident with a well-paid professional job and an affluent lifestyle. b(lack) + (y)uppie.

It think its also more than that. A Buppie, is someone with style, a hunger for knowledge of the issues,histories, and news of its race. Someone who is socially responsible. Someone intune with his or her culture, yet interested in and open to other cultures. Buppie's tend to be analyze the things of the world. They have interest in Pop culture, and enjoy the company of other Buppie's.

I have heard some equating buppies with uncle toms. WRONG. We are not UNCLE RUCKUS from BOONDOCKS! Not So!

So what makes a Buppie? Want to hear your thoughts as well!


Ananda said...

great post.

Anonymous said...

While you have the definition and etymology of the word correct, you didn't explain its origin. yuppie= young upwardly-mobile professional, thence buppie= black upwardly-mobile professional. not trying to nit-pick, just wanted to offer additional info. Buppie here, BTW

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