Does "White culture" exist?

Something I've been thinking about recently is how many people when speaking about race seem to default to white America being "white culture". Yet as an Englishman I don't relate to it. And I'm sure every other white person who is not American would agree. I mean an African American to me is still American and I actually see more similarities between those two groups than African Americans and... African Africans. I mean even European culture, is vastly different so why should we think that the amount of melanin we have is a cultural thing?
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Update: Wow thank you everyone for answering and thank you more for keeping it civil. I did worry that I was fuelling a fire with this question and am glad everyone's been generally respectful.

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  • As a Spanish I always find weird "white culture" or "black culture" terms isolated. Culture is principally subjected to the country more than to race.

    If we say there's "white culture" like a broad and global term it doesn't work. Europe is full of white people with many different cultures. I guess the same way happens with Africa and different countries. The term doesn't work unless you specify first the country.

    An African American is always going to be more similar to a White American than to someone from other country. But, we can distinguish a "white culture" and a "black culture" inside American culture, due to years of racial segregation.

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    • After reading comments I notice some people seems not to understand what culture is. They talk about "behavior" and "genes" but that's not culture. Culture is gastronomy, music, dance, festivities, literature, arts, traditions, beliefs, clothes styles too...

      In America there's common culture and racial cultures due to segregation. Common culture would be for example Halloween, I think almost every race in US celebrate Halloween. Something related to racial cultures would be clothing, the fashion trends in US have usually been different according to race.

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    • Plus I only pm if the girl asks

    • @up_64 Lol thats a good move to be fair and I was joking really. I just understand enough Spanish to get the general feel and I saw it wasn't related to the thread

  • It certainly does in so far as it is limited to the whites of North America. They also have black culture, Asian culture, latino culture, etc etc.
    I think it's because historically, culture has always been much more defined by racial differences in America, as the entire nation was basically just a mix of nationalities and cultures, so race was one of the main defining features.
    In Europe on the other hand, a much older and much more war-struck continent, differences have been far more defined by borders, especially those of nation states so our culture has evolved around that.

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    • *not to mention the obvious that white culture would be completely useless as a defining feature for Europe, as the entire continent is made up by caucasian peoples.

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    • On your profile it says you're in the UK? I've lived in England for 2 years and in my experience the culture is far more focused around class than race though..

    • Yeah England born and bred. There is a big class divide but it depends on where in the UK your talking about.

      The more white areas are fine and they tend to be the ones focusing on class. But one of the reasons that brexit happened was that the Muslim community voted to leave by 60% because they don't like Eastern European moving in to their areas drinking outside their mosques and taking their jobs? (As a taxi driver informed me). and on the other side if I go into any pub around here and asked for someone's opinion on Asians you will get something along the lines of "Indians are sound, sihks are ace but sod those (derogatory term for someone who's family is from Pakistan) bastards" unfortunately I don't think our government cares much about anything that isn't London or the commuting areas.

      Also bear in mind that the UK is highly PC and as such it has basically silenced anyone who would talk about it. So people do feel that way, they just say it in private

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  • I think the real misunderstanding here is that Americans tend to make projections and sweeping generalizations onto the entire world based on their specific country.

    What Americans really mean (in my understanding) when they say "white culture" is actually WASP culture. Or perhaps even more accurately American WASP culture. However, many of the people who talk about this stuff are kind of undifferentiated in their thinking... so a fact that's true for their city or state suddenly turns into a global thing in their mind.

    As a (white) European, I would certainly agree with you that "white culture" does not exist.
    Yet, we have some indications that American WASP culture exists. I'm not sure if the differences are pronounced and various enough to call it an entire "culture" but there are certainly some differences between how most black people and most white people in the US live their life. To us outsiders, these differences often seem minute and insignificant but when you actually live in the US, they can feel quite strong.

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  • Most of my friends are either brown or Asian, all born in Canada though. They have no problems with talking about their "brown culture" and "asian culture", even specifically calling it that. But if I talk about white culture then I am racist.

    Even though we are all Canadian and grew up in the same area, there is an actual difference in our cultures. My brown and Asian friends would always talk about how their parents would beat them, despite it being illegal here. Meanwhile my white friends and I all grew up with never once being beat, and at worst a rare spanking on the bum.

    There is absolutely a "white culture" but it hasn't really been called that, instead people just call it "western culture". The West made it illegal to beat their children and yet it is still really common among brown and Asian people because it is ingrained in their culture. This is one of the big reasons why I don't think that being a melting pot of cultures in a Country is a good idea. Western Culture isn't perfect but it's the best we got so far, and other cultures are coming in and ignoring our established laws/culture. Sure, they bring good aspects of their culture with them, but they also bring toxic aspects as well.

    I'll probably be labeled as racist for sharing this opinion but that is just a way for people to dismiss my thoughts and avoid any critical thinking. I don't hate anybody because of their ethnicity or culture, I am just against bringing toxic aspects of people's cultures into my Country. When identity politics means that being against beating children makes you a racist, you know society has dun goofed.

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    • I wouldn't call you racist. Maybe a bit xenophobic but I'm not convinced that's a bad thing. I feel like the label racist is used too much when people try to bring up the toxic part of other cultures

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  • White culture exist. Even White American does have culture. Your question is really weird. Don't you know about the preppy style? Or the Greaser style? Or even the foundation of the American country / governement?

    Too you compare your country to America but I can assure you that as a French girls I don't relate to English people / culture at all. I find English culture to be more similar to American than French culture.

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    • While that's true, you can't define American white culture as just white culture because as the most recent white country we have the least cultural history and don't by any means deserve a monopoly on the word. It does have to be differentiated. Just like American black culture you might think bbq, blues, or jazz, but obviously black people living in Africa have nothing to do with that or would naturally associate in any way.

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    • Also @alice55 could I have a citation to what you have read about greasers? I'd like to look at one of these sources because as a Italian born in a small villa in Vieste I have my doubts about that fact.

    • @ThatItalianBastard I've read it from Wikipedia and read the same stuff on others site but they're all in French.

  • german culture? yes. irish culture? yes. italian? yes. french, russian, romanian yes yes yes. but "white" no.

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  • There’s Irish culture, Ukrainian culture, German culture, Scottish culture, Italian culture, etc but there’s no white culture.

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  • I'm a Western European American
    White culture sounds ridiculous
    All whites are not the same at all

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  • 😂 African Americans and Caucasian’s have an unspoken “culture” it has a few variances depending on upbringing, but we do. To say we dont is complete fuckery.

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    • African American and Caucasian have a culture? are you sure you don't mean African American and Caucasian American culture? Because thats what I was getting at Im Caucasian but I don't feel I'm the same as a white Americans at all, its a completely different culture.

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    • European white culture and American white culture will have their differences. We as Americans have our on “uncultured swine” type thing going on over here. People who like Europeans don’t like American Europeans. Africans don’t like me...
      Europeans have their own thing going. Am I making any sense?

    • Erm Im not sure, I dont think cultural similarities mean that its the same culture. Thats why i asked what shared white culture is because i feel we could find similarities in any two cultures but they are still two distinct different cultures. I mentioned on another reply how christians are muslims are both abrahamic religions with many similarities but I can't say they are culturally the same in the way "white culture" or "black culture" is seen.

      I kinda understand what you mean, i thing the variances are far greater than you see them though and as such the link is tenuous at best. I see the difference between English cultures so going as far as to say "white culture" seems like far to big a generalisation to have any merit as a phrase.

  • No there is no such thing as white culture. We are too diverse a group to have a unified culture. You can have French culture, British Culture etc. When people talk about Black Culture or Asian Culture they are almost always referring to the American components of those culture as American Culture ripped their ties to their homelands apart in attempt to bring them into the American Culture (which people generally use to refer to white American culture). In Africa just like in Europe the cultures are too diverse to have them umbrellaed into just Black culture, same with Asia. Japan and China have vastly different cultures as do most other Asian cultures.

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  • No. I'm mixed as hell so basically I have no race. Its not white or black culture. Not the way you talk or do. You are you , you are it defined by your race , skin color , eyes or hair.

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  • Yes.

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  • In some white countries, they have their own distinctive white culture.

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  • If there's no white culture than there's no black culture either. Remember that.

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    • I think white culture means culture created by any white culture in general.

    • The thing is I agree with the premise that there's no such thing as "Black culture" "African culture" "African American culture" sure but not "black culture"

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  • Usually this white culture vs black culture thing applies to races that are both from the same country.

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  • Culture is both learned and stems from the characteristics of certain people. While different Europeans for example have different cultures, we still share a lot more similarities with each other than we do say with Africans or Asians.

    In England we of course had the Anglo-Saxon invasion, the Vikings, the Normans. All of these cultures influenced England in some way. But they were also compatible because their cultures were very similar, and the reason for that is that we share similar ancestral roots.

    Compare this to the Middle-Eastern and African immigrants. If you go to certain parts of England you feel like you're in a foreign country. Their cultures are completely different to ours. In an area that is predominantly Muslim you feel like you're in some Middle Eastern shithole. Wherever you bring a certain kind of people they tend to bring the culture of their homeland.

    A lot of our behaviours are genetic. That's common sense. Some of it has to do with upbringing but you inherit many of your characteristics from your parents, your grandparents, all the way down your bloodline. Then it makes sense that people in different parts of the world tend to have different behavioural characteristics. That's where the culture comes from.

    If black Americans really were just the same as white Americans, why would there be so much conflict between the two? The thing is today, and this is especially true in America, real culture is discouraged.

    There are many different theories as to why those in power encourage multiculturalism (only in white countries, by the way), but one theory is that if they can dilute the culture, encourage all of us to mix, to erase any sense of our roots, our heritage, our traditions etc. Then our culture will become a corporate mono-culture where all anybody cares about is money and consumerism. That's why they say there's no white culture because that's what white countries have mostly been turned into.

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    • Ah but we weren't. Look at the Danes vs the Saxons it wasn't until intergration that the culture clash stopped. They were both white cultures but they weren't compatible

  • I would completely agree that "white culture" in the American sense doesn't exist and further agree that whites and blacks share in American culture. Part of the problem with us Americans is we want to define blacks as African Americans instead of just Americans. I'm not described as a European American so I don't think there should be a distinguishing factor for any ethninticity that is American. I kind of went on a tangent there but I agree with you.

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    • No I completely Agree there, this is my point, that is the issue between blacks and whites in America they see themselves as different cultures and that's where the animosity comes from

  • People generalize, and that's mainly because of America. We have enough influence for that to become a widespread belief unfortunately. But people here just love to bunch people into the same group.
    For example: Even if you're Russian, you're still white so they just think of it as that as though the nationality and distinct physical differences don't matter. It's quite annoying actually. But hey I live here 🤷

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    • Yeah because the US and russia are both white so therefore they've always been the same. What do you mean the cold war?

  • pretty sure it does but its not a blanket thing. just like every other race, cultures break up into sub-sections like for example, polish and irish are different in the way that a nigerian would be different from a ghanaian, or how chinese are different from koreans.

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    • Yeah I understand that, but I wouldn't rope the two together and i feel that's what happens when people talk about "white culture"

  • everyone has a "culture." just b/c someone may not care for that of another does not mean it should be labeled.
    to assign a color to a particular one is silly.
    it also indicates intolerance and bias - a personal weakness

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  • No. White culture doesn't exist. People who talk about white culture in such a way actually mean "American" Culture at the best.

    European culture doesn't even exist, since each country in Europe acts differently from one another. Italian culture is vastly different from Polish culture.

    It all boils down to where you live/come from, not what you are. And quite frankly I am getting sick and tired of being part of a "white culture" when I am just trying to live my life without bothering anyone else.

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  • If "white culture" didn't exist, then there would be no such thing as soccer, pea coats, dog spas or roller derby. Conan O'Brien and the Dave Matthews Band would never have made it. San Francisco, Portland and the entire state of Vermont would be uninhabited wastelands. There would be no sushi or vegan restaurants anywhere.

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    • So sushi is white culture is it? not Asian?

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    • Hey you never know! I've heard more stupid things in Ernest. Yeah I should have included Latino there as well.

    • Well people do say astoundingly stupid things on here and are serious about it, so I guess I shouldn't assume... ;)

  • Not sure if there is a "white culture" as much as there is a culture based on nationality.

    When I think "white culture", from a Canadian perspective, I think of "English culture", meaning tea and crumpets... royal family... victorian decor.. etc.
    That is opposed to "American culture", which is what most people may think that white culture is. In that sense, I think baseball, football, BBQ, hotdogs.

    Same with chinese culture, korean culture... but white culture? black culture? yellow culture? Perhaps the term is too vague, or maybe people dont see it based on skin color... except for leftist morons.

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  • It still exist, even though leftists are doing their best to destroy the western culture.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lctp6kvLijc

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