Black & White "culture" what does that even mean?
Seriously. I am in no way trying to be sarcastic.
When I read an excerpt from a book that touched upon the subject of "Black culture" and "White culture" creating a seperation or even segregation of students, I was left confused. The article referenced the lives of college students being negatively affected by the "integration" of students. It was written from a black perspective, arguing that the "Black culture" was being lost while trying to fit in in the "White culture" while attending college.
Now, don't get me wrong, I am not referring to a religious or faith-based "culture" or the culture of a foreign student. This was in reference to American students at an American college.
According to dictionary.com, (yes, I really had to look it up) culture has five definitions, and the first four can easily be appled to "American culture" as a whole, not a seperate group; however the fifth reads "the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group"
OK, "age group" is easy enough, "ethnic" could relate to a culture from a country or nationality or even religion. "Social" however can get complicated, but still could not be applied to a race, as a whole. Southern folks have a culture. New Yorkers and Bostonians and NewJersey-ans? have a culture and a few sub-cultures, as do East-coasters. But that's a regional thing, not a race thing.
Perhaps I have somehow lived a sheltered life, surrounded by a "multi-cultural" community, and I have managed to miss how differently folks of different races live. I have visited with friends and have never seen a drastic difference in their home lives and my own, other than, maybe, the food we eat.
Religion and family ties to another country is not the "culture" I am having trouble understanding. I'm focused on finding out how the word 'culture' is applied to skin color.
I am not looking for stereo-types to explain the difference between "Black culture" and "White culture". But, in all honesty, I can only come up with stereo-types to explain how in the world black and white can have their own cultures, which is why I'm putting this out there... I'm hoping someone can actually be able to explain this to me
I really want to know what makes up "Black culture" and "White culture" (and do you have examples?).
... and what is it about each that keeps it from being just "American culture"?