There are no rules, there are no books- laws or regulations to govern situations such as these but know this. Your presence, your color… your willingness to invade another’s space because you can, has a negative effect on those Poc at the event. Hipster signifies to me, that whites are trying desperately to be anything other than the whites they are. And they’re looking to non-whites as a means of bolstering that image; particularly by patronizing events most whites would avoid altogether.
Until recently certain country clubs and neighborhoods were off-limits to non-whites. Minorities were purposely steered away from districts set aside for whites by banks and real-estate agents. In your hubris not only do you claim the right to exclude non-whites from your spaces, but you extend your privilege to non-white venues as well. You have been conditioned by privilege to have your cake and eat it too.
There are no safe places for minorities to just be themselves without whites initiating formal proceedings to include themselves in the affair. You must be the center of attention and you must be integrated into everything because your interests are paramount. You can’t even conceive of an occasion where you’re not wanted- it’s beyond your scope to even consider such an idea.
Let me break it down for you.Now, for white folks reading this and feeling concerned with those last three or four paragraphs, remember something about POC life in America. White people - in the past and for now - are everywhere. On every channel, in damn near every film, on the top shelves of most the of government and most corporations. We are constantly being told white people are ubiquitous and perfect, even though they're neither and never have been. But we have their presence and their perfection propaganda drilled into us daily. Again...for now.
People of Color have been enduring racial oppression at the hands of White People (YOUR people) for centuries. About 400 years worth. Because of this long and STILL ACTIVE history of oppression, White people (YOUR people) still to this day wield an extroardinary amount of power to intimidate and coerce People of Color just by walking into a room filled with POC's.
Individually you may feel you are just another person showing up to "jam" with other persons, but your white skin and your white culture and the white privilege you bring with you acts like a huge frequency jammer to people of color's ability to relax and drop their guard in the presence of your whiteness.
Is that fair? No. It's not at all fair. It's RACISM. That is what Racism makes people do and that is how Racism makes POC's feel.
Some WP (probably most) may believe this is POC's problem not theirs, that they aren't about to be blamed for whatever bad thing somebody ELSE has been up to for the last 400 years (it's never THEM you see, always somebody else). And other WP are not about to let somebody else's silly fears about whitefolks breaking into their space just to shame and gawk stop them from enjoying a good block party! But these are the WP who don't give a fuck how POC's feel and don't claim to.
The WP who claim to CARE about not causing POC's further racial humiliation must take an entirely different attitude.
You have to understand what you are walking into when you walk into a non-white space as a White Person. You are walking into a community that has endured a centuries long global campaign of color-coded disenfranchisment and exploitation. One which confers POWER and DOMINION of white bodies over brown ones. White bodies like YOURS. Over brown bodies like THEIRS.
You will be walking into a safe space for the POC's present. And by safe I mean Safe-from-WhitePeople's-Sneering-Importuning-Harassing-Bullshit.
Until you understand and ACCEPT that THAT legacy is what you carry around with you everywhere you go, and that THAT legacy is what POC who don't know you must respond to and negotiate with you thru...then and only then can you begin to conceive of the mindfulness required for YOU to enter into non-white spaces as a white person.
So, for now, POC need times and places where there are no white people desperately trying to convince us of their complete and utter necessity. We need times and places where we don't really have to deal with any of you at all. It's what keeps some of us sane sometimes.