What exactly is White Culture?
On more than one occasion I have heard someone remark/seen a tweet asking the question: Do white people even have a culture? As we are engaged in an eternal race war it was most likely not a harmless question but just another slingshot in the constant back and forth.
It is easy to think White culture does not exist, I as well have at one time or the other thought that. What exactly is White culture? Pakistanis have a culture, as do the Chinese, and Kenyans but do White people have anything that can be classified as culture? The crows says no, but I have pondered it and realised a few things.
First when we say White people we almost aways mean Americans, and sometimes Brits. America is the beginning and the end of the world and the everlasting host of the race wars and so its people are the face of everything. White people have no culture could not possibly include Eastern Europeans, Spaniards, or Italians.
Second, the reason it may seem that there is no such thing as white culture is that we are all living it; from America to Zimbabwe to Tokyo to Papau New Guinea. Ookay maybe not Papau New Guinea but you catch my drift. White culture may not seem like a thing because we are all fully immersed in it.
What is it that makes culture culture? To a large extent, it is the foreign traditions and customs; the dressing, the food, the language, the celebrations. We are able to see a culture (other than our own) as culture because there are aspects of it that are foreign to us. Japanese culture is a thing because there is a Japanese language, Japanese traditional attire, Japanese traditional food e.tc. Egyptian culture exists because there is a traditional language (Egyptian Arabic), traditional food, traditional clothing, Egyptian customs, and adances et cetera.
White culture does not exists because we are all so fully engrossed in their culture that it is not foreign to us anymore. Hell, our own culture is even more foreign to us than the so called White culture is. We feel more at ease living a Western lifestyle. We wear western clothing-Men all over wear suits, even Arab women may wear jeans under their abaya-and reserve our own traditional clothing for special occasions. So when it comes to clothing there is no White culture because they don’t have any clothing that is particular to them; we all wear jeans, skirts, dresses, gowns, suits, ties, t-shirts, shorts e.tc. We eat Western food. We listen to Western music. We participate in Western traditions- baby showers, bridal showers, big planned surprise proposals, engagement rings, white dress, bridesmaids. Brides from Lagos to Cairo (not the furthest distance I’ll admit) wear white dresses. I have seen Chinese men as well as Egyptian fathers walk wear suits as they walk their daughters down the aisle. Even gender reveals are becoming a thing.
We are fascinated by a culture because there are aspects of it that are different from ours and new to us. To people not absorbed in the Western lifestyle, White people definitely have a culture. For people who don’t just wear their native clothes at weddings and who regularly speak more than 5 words of their native tongue without inserting an English word, there is definitely a White culture. There is white people food, white people clothing, white people dancing (ha!), white people language. Again White people in this context are most likely Americans.
We are all living it. We have adopted it to the point that we even believe these are aspects of our own culture. People all over the world kill and die to uphold sacred parts of their culture that aren’t even really their culture to start with. This is quite common in areas that have been colonised; no one remembers what existed before and what they brought with them.
All this said and done, I have to ask- What exactly is German Culture? Punctuality and Oktoberfest aside, what is their food?