Many of us are familiar with the term "yuppie." It was coined in the 1980's to define those young, urban professional (mostly white) who became so numerous from getting rich in the Reagan era. Yuppies have a culture and even though it is a minority culture, it is dominant. In many ways, it is the antithesis of what hippies stood for just a generation earlier. There has been an attempt to extend this characterization to Black Americans with the term "buppie." It may be appropriate for some but when synthesizing upward mobility with political and personal philosophies, I find buppie to be incomplete.
Within a Black context, being a hippie involves more than long hair and a playlist featuring the Sounds of Silence. It even may speak more personal and political philosophies that follow in the tradition of Black communality. Labels suck but I'd rather be a hippie than a buppie any day, as long as I can still wear a suit.