Perhaps the most acute aspect of the shared Black experience, outside of having the same reaction to the beat drop in Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Before I Let Go,” is our reaction to the unfolding of white people shit (WPS) right before our eyes.

We’re lucky when we get to witness WPS out in the wild and can exchange furtive, knowing glances with the closest other Black person. This unspoken acknowledgment happens when you see a white kid wildin’ out in the grocery store throwing oranges at his mom’s head while she just coos at little Ashton and ducks like it’s a game or when it’s negative degrees outside, but “Bob” is literally chillin’ in shorts, sandals, and a bubble coat.  In most cases, however, we get to indulge in WPS on a wider scale, thanks to the great unifier – the Internet.

And as soon as you see the headline you know it’s some WPS going down.  Here are a few  folks vying for WPS Hall of Fame:

10The artist who bought her ‘support peacock’ an airline ticket

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Peacock at an airport (Photo:

The latest example of white people white-people-ing (as of press time, anyway. They move quickly) is Ventiko. This Brooklyn-based artist reportedly owns a peacock and purchased the exotic bird a whole-ass seat on a flight to provide emotional support. United Airlines wasn’t having it and reportedly kicked the live peacock off a plane.

Imagine dodging the colorful plumage of an animal you’ve only ever seen in a zoo as you saunter on to your Basic Economy seat, only to find that the while damn flight is held up because a teddy bear or golden retreiver wouldn’t suffice as emotional support. Then imagine that you wouldn’t even need to wonder about the racial orientation of the bird’s owner.

That’s what it means to be us looking at them doing some WPS.