spor-addict-thoughts said: Regarding your slate post, I have some questions: what is your definition of culture? Are you open to other definitions? What exactly is Black American culture? If America disappears tomorrow, what are you then? Is nationality a cultural identity?
Culture is the sum when you add up various different aspects of a group’s identity. The way you speak, the cuisine you eat, behavior norms/customs, your manner of dress, religion, marriage, life/death. How your group of people deals with all of these things makes up their culture.
Black Americans have their own culture. There are certain aspects of our culture that has been pieced together and contain fragments of other cultures, but that’s no different than any other group of people located in North or South America. There isn’t a country in Latin America that doesn’t have pieces of Spanish culture due to colonialism.
If continent of America disappeared tomorrow, it wouldn’t have any effect on Black American culture because culture is not tied to the soil in our case.
People intertwine nationality with culture because it serves as a physical location for where your culture is prevalent.
A lot of people who are not American try to talk slick when it comes to the subject of Black American culture because its not as storied and deep as their own. Completely ignoring the fact that as a people we’re very young and just at the beginning of our journey.
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
We’ve only had the rights of full citizens and the ability to live equally for 50 years, and look at what we’ve established in that short amount of time.
So if we want to feel ourselves and want to continue to carve out our own identity… let us cook.
This is very interesting. I don’t much feel like debating or deciphering or rebutting this. I will ask anyone who sees this reblog: is a ‘legitimate’ culture one that is an amalgamation of different traditions, customs, values, ways of speaking and behaving? Is Black American or for that matter any Western culture as legitimate as traditional Japanese culture or traditional Taino culture? If Asian or Latino Americans were to copy every single thing that Black American’s do are they now members or carriers of Black American culture? Is there anything African which is to say BLACK, about Black American culture? Was that adopted or was that inherent in the culture? Is there anything European which is to say White, about Black American culture? Was that adopted or was that inherent in the culture? Are cultures just existing entities or do they have functions? Is Black American culture a functioning culture? And since the poster insinuated that the culture is ‘growing’, can it die? Does any culture die or are cultures immortal? Is Black American culture really a growing culture?
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During those long years in Oakland public schools, I did not have one teacher who taught me anything relevant to my own life or experience. Not one instructor ever awoke in me a desire to learn more or to question or to explore the worlds of literature, science, and history. All they did was try to rob me of the sense of my own uniqueness and worth, and in the process nearly killed my urge to inquire.–
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AD = After the Confusion
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