Are Hipsters Now an Ethnic Group?

And what does that mean for the 2016 presidential election?

This was supposed to be a post about how Don Guardian won—again—the office of Atlantic City mayor during a Tuesday recount of the votes. (And congrats! AC will now have its first openly gay mayor.) But we couldn’t help but notice the Inky’s description of  Guardian’s coalition of voters:

Guardian drew on a base of support from a wide-ranging tableau of new and old Atlantic City: Pakistanis, Vietnamese, Bangladeshis, African Americans from Langford’s own neighborhood, and young white hipster entrepreneurs.

This isn’t to poke fun at Inky writer Amy Rosenberg, whom we know and like on Twitter. We’re just intrigued with the idea that “hipster” has become such a tangible concept that it has distinct demographic meaning in electoral contests. Are “white hipster entrepreneurs” the new “soccer moms”—can we gerrymander for hipsters?—and god help us, what does that mean for the 2016 presidential election? A million questions.

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    Hipsters are not exclusively white.