Well, half my goal in making these assertions was to see if anyone could actually come up with or defend anything relating to white culture (Caucasian culture or Anglo-American culture), and mostly what I got is people who think that white culture and American culture are the same thing - and furthermore even had it suggested that I'm a racist for implying otherwise. American no longer means "white" and suggesting that it does is the more racist point of view. I never said there's no such thing as American culture, and trying to play "gotcha" with examples of American culture means you missed the point so hard that clicking submit should have hurt your index finger.
In the past, white culture has always been defined either by what it is NOT, or as simply "normal". This, combined with the fact that, as Zedekiah indicated, white American history is currently defined by white guilt, starts to illuminate the reality of the current situation and how it came to be.
From - http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...ure.html?cat=9Caucasian America is simply a loosely associated series of subcultures and non-cultures. To put it another way, there is no white culture.
Is white culture Puritan of Mediterranean? Do the Hippies represent our culture, or do the rednecks? The truth is that these clashing subcultures have never truly bonded, and our beginnings as the bastard child of Europe are still evident today. There is simply too much land in America for a single culture to remain whole, and even with the advent of mass media, our regional dialects and quirks are as evident as ever.
If there is a common fashion style, it is only the ubiquitous American style, which is influenced to some degree by Puritan aesthetics, but also has evolved on it's own without thought to race. The t-shirt, for instance, is not necessarily "white" clothing, or a part of "white" culture. The t-shirt is simply a part of American culture.
I've not once come remotely close to doing this, Strawman.When you judge someone by the color of their skins instead of the content of their characters, you are being racist.
Context fail. Myth is this context means lies and deceptions that are allowed to continue because they are easier to accept than the truth.What culture is complete without myths? Ever heard of King Aurthur, Zues, or Izanagi?
Hi. I lived in Germany for a year, traveled Europe while I was there, been to Japan twice and lived all across America. I know all about how racism and xenophobia manifest themselves in this country and others, this is not the same as a self-proclaimed "melting pot" that celebrates "Black history month" to make up for racial profiling while failing to realize the irony.I'm sorry but this just reeks of ignorance. Try going to Europe some time and see how muslims are crammed into little ghettos or try visiting China and see how foreigners are treated and viewed.
This is an Anglo-American behavior, which includes English-speaking Canada. My bad for implying I only meant USA in that example.Its just what people do. Here in Canada, we refer to black people as African Canadians or Asian people as Asian Canadians.
Okay, what? I never said a word about Japanese culture, nor gave any opinion on it, positive or negative. Nice red herring though.Stop putting Japan on this pure angelic pedastal that you have it on.
So stereotypes = culture now? "Americans are a bunch of lazy, greedy, racist rednecks who know everything about Britney Spears but nothing about world history before the end of World War II." ... I am disappointed with my new-found culture.Still, one must wonder exactly how people claim we lack a culture when American cultural stereotypes exist.
Just look at your own post. We're exploding with culture and you're doing every thing possible to hide or trivialize it.This isn't what *I'm* doing. This is what others are doing, and I'm simply saying "I don't blame you." Americans are pretty much famous for being a long list of ridiculous negative stereotypes, and I'm simply offering my understanding, or at least my sympathy, to the ones who don't have an ethnic identity to turn to, either.Also, just because someone does not find their culture appealing does not mean that it is in anyway flawed or shallow. All you are doing is making a bunch of generalizations about what American culture is.
To address the whole cowboy example:
The cowboys on the Texas trail were 30% African-American, Mexican, or Mexican-American. Cowboys were poor-as-dirt laborers who spent many days begging for work and rarely even owned the horse they rode. They were not heroes, they were impoverished shepherds. The historic American cowboy of the late 19th century arose from the vaquero legends of northern Mexico. Even the glorified cowboys are mainly famous for two things: Being outlaws and killing Native Americans. Hey, let's encourage THAT behavior!
Here's a couple questions so you can consider the point I'm trying to make:
What would you celebrate during Caucasian Heritage Month, if there were such a thing?
Can you think of any example of "white pride" that doesn't suggest or imply something racist, compared to "Latino pride" being perfectly acceptable?
I'm not saying this to be racist, or at least only as far as pointing out the failings of my own "race" is racist. But yes, I am frequently disappointed in America as a whole, too. I have to go back 1,000 years to trace my heritage to an Anglo culture I'm not ashamed of, and I no longer share their physical appearance or lifestyle.
tl;dr - America is not superior. Embrace your Japanophilia, at least you're enjoying something. Just don't be annoying about it.
Note: I am not a Japanophile and even at my "worst" I only ever wanted to visit there, for reasons including language study, history, religion, and music, not because I wanted to fulfill my fantasy of becoming a Japanese schoolgirl.