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Old 05-30-2012, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Missouri, USA
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I don't know where this should go, so it's going here.
As a United States born Caucasian, with a limited number of black friends...I do not understand what black culture is.

Another poster on another forum expressed a worry that there is an effort to destroy African American culture...So if that effort is to be discontinued...What is black culture? What are those common characteristics, important to the identities of various African Americans?

Again, I'm a United States born Caucasian, and I see myself as having no racial culture...only what I percieve to be an American culture. However, United States' born Caucasians are the majority, so maybe this "American culture" is not encompassing of all of America at all...but instead is Caucasian culture. I don't know.

So...again, what is African American culture?

Please do not respond about what African American culture is, unless you are African American or have a genuine understanding of it. Actually...another topic that probably relates to this is...what is Caucasian culture?

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:07 AM
 
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I don't know where this should go, so it's going here.
As a United States born Caucasian, with a limited number of black friends...I do not understand what black culture is....
I think this could be a very interesting topic, but I wonder if it would not get more contributions in the History forum.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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Soul Food derived from native African cuisine and what was available on plantations to slaves i.e. greens, many vegetable dishes, pork (ham, ribs, chitterlings (once meant as just hog intestines and slop food for slaves, now a delicacy in the African American culture)
Very conservative values
Deeply religious
Love of music and dance (Also derived from native African traditions)

This is an overall snapshot of our culture, despite what some people may say, this is who we have been as a people for many, many years.
Befriend one of us, we're not all bad and see for yourself.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I don't know where this should go, so it's going here.
As a United States born Caucasian, with a limited number of black friends...I do not understand what black culture is.

Another poster on another forum expressed a worry that there is an effort to destroy African American culture...So if that effort is to be discontinued...What is black culture? What are those common characteristics, important to the identities of various African Americans?

Again, I'm a United States born Caucasian, and I see myself as having no racial culture...only what I percieve to be an American culture. However, United States' born Caucasians are the majority, so maybe this "American culture" is not encompassing of all of America at all...but instead is Caucasian culture. I don't know.

So...again, what is African American culture?

Please do not respond about what African American culture is, unless you are African American or have a genuine understanding of it. Actually...another topic that probably relates to this is...what is Caucasian culture?
This has nothing to do with Genealogy. It should go in History, possibly even "General, US", or Politics.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:37 AM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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I don't know where this should go, so it's going here.
As a United States born Caucasian, with a limited number of black friends...I do not understand what black culture is.

Another poster on another forum expressed a worry that there is an effort to destroy African American culture...So if that effort is to be discontinued...What is black culture? What are those common characteristics, important to the identities of various African Americans?

Again, I'm a United States born Caucasian, and I see myself as having no racial culture...only what I percieve to be an American culture. However, United States' born Caucasians are the majority, so maybe this "American culture" is not encompassing of all of America at all...but instead is Caucasian culture. I don't know.

So...again, what is African American culture?

Please do not respond about what African American culture is, unless you are African American or have a genuine understanding of it. Actually...another topic that probably relates to this is...what is Caucasian culture?
That is a very big question and can be answered based on the region, socioeconomic status, religion, etc.

Its the celebration of Juneteenth
Its jazz
Its second lining
Its blackeyed peas on New Years Day
Its afrosheen and fist afropick
Its the AKA cotillion
Its the quiet storm and the grown & sexy
Its collard greens and cornbread
Its hands raised in praise of God
Its double dutch in the streets
Its church ladies in glorious hats with matching suits
Its Texas barbeque or a Lousiana crawfish boil or Maryland crabcakes
Its New Jack swing
Its Oscar Micheaux
Its gumbo

Black American culture is infinite in its description
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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That is a very big question and can be answered based on the region, socioeconomic status, religion, etc.

Its the celebration of Juneteenth
Its jazz
Its second lining
Its blackeyed peas on New Years Day
Its afrosheen and fist afropick
Its the AKA cotillion
Its the quiet storm and the grown & sexy
Its collard greens and cornbread
Its hands raised in praise of God
Its double dutch in the streets
Its church ladies in glorious hats with matching suits
Its Texas barbeque or a Lousiana crawfish boil or Maryland crabcakes
Its New Jack swing
Its Oscar Micheaux
Its gumbo

Black American culture is infinite in its description
And Coltrane (inside joke, see Bob Barr, etc......)

I could piggyback on here with a longwinded, quasi-academic definition......but calipoppy's is great.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:45 AM
 
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Let's not forget the awesome fried chicken
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:51 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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This has nothing to do with Genealogy. It should go in History, possibly even "General, US", or Politics.
Actually it can, specially when one is doing family research on their African American ancestors!
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: The D-M-V area
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Google is your friend.

African-American culture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:27 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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...Another poster on another forum expressed a worry that there is an effort to destroy African American culture......
That person must have not watched television for the past 40 years, because AA culture is constantly represented and respected.
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