A few years ago, Starbucks opened a store in Harlem. They decorated it differently and proclaimed it their first “urban” store.
This, despite the fact that Starbucks have infested every major American city for years. They meant something else.
“Urban” has slowly become a euphamism for “black,” and I’m curious as to when and how that happened. It was recent, I know that.
I knew I was on to something when even The Simpsons made a joke about it.
Lenny: “Ooh, Homer, pick me, Lenny!”
Carl: “Homer, pick me! I’m the urban Lenny!”
Granted that this could quickly devolve into a whole ranting thread about culture, race, perceptions, and all sorts of fun stuff that makes people’s veins throb, I’d like to keep it simple and direct: When and how did “urban” become a euphemism? Or am I just seeing something that isn’t there? Do people think I’m off-base with this? Has anybody besides me (okay, and The Simpsons ) noticed this?
This is just one of those things that confuses me. I’m easily befuddled. You should see me try to figure out cable TV.