Upon hearing that some of my friends were on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, I joked that I want a “bourgie vacation”. I have been to MV before and it is wonderful, but right now I don’t have the money to spend on vacation travel. Anyway, I started to wonder about the difference between the words, “bourgie” and “uppity”. Uppity has been simply defined as “putting on airs”. It is often derogatory, and though some Blacks have attempted to reclaim it, it has not caught on. Bourgie is what people aspire to. The word is derived from the French “bourgeoisie” which is a term describe middle class. Bourgie can mean pretentious, as well.
I asked this question on Twitter and got two great responses:
@niche Bougie=a form of upper-crust snobbery. Uppity=Has less to do with standing. A more general arrogance.
— Jeffrey L. Wilson(@jeffreylwilson) July 18, 2012
— Milton Christopher (@xpistofep) July 18, 2012
It is important to note that Black Americans and the Diaspora talk about class and social mobility more than people think. The whole country needs to talk more about class with class.