The Toyota Prius might in fact be the ultimate white person product, it is modern, expensive and gives you the idea that you are helping the environment.
Often, there is a social connotation that comes with the use of a hybrid car. That by driving such a car, you are helping the environment. Thus, this lends bragging rights to those who use such cars. However, nothing can be further from the truth.
While I advocate such products for the fact that they are friendlier to the environment than traditional gas-guzzlers, one must understand that such a product still produces pollution, and as of now, no motor vehicle is friendly to the environment. We are still far from achieving a goal of mainstream Zero-Emissions Vehicles, only then, can we say that we are helping the environment by driving.
Thus, the belief that driving hybrid cars is helpful to the environment is a slippery-slope. Now, by no way is this intended to strike back against hybrid vehicles, but rather, debunk such a myth.