Most Helpful Girls
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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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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Most Helpful Guys
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.
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.