Anonymous asked: Why is so hard for my fellow PoC to believe that white ppl also have a heritage/culture? I mean I'm mixed (Irish/NA/Indian). I am considered "white" by PoC standards but I find it unfair that I am constantly accused of CA when I wear things native to my heritage. Also why can't we ask ppl about their heritage BEFORE we accuse someone of CA. For example my best friend is German/Irish/NA but b/c she is pale skinned she cannot "claim" her Native American heritage without being bashed by PoC. WTF?!
White people as a “whole” are simply a social construct there is no such thing as white culture. For centuries up until European imperialism Europeans in each of their nations were fighting one another, but as conquest for domination of goods in foreign lands came into play, they banded together to create this idea that all lighted skin people of European origin are “White”. Black culture however is real because it binds people of African descent in the Americas through centuries of music, literature, art, etc. The idea White culture exists is outrageous, white people only call themselves white when in comparison to POC, there is no binding force. There is no such thing as White literature, art, music, etc. There however is German-American culture, French American culture, American Culture, English culture, Irish Culture, Albanian culture, etc. If you’re a POC then no one has the right to assume you are CA your own culture, but sadly there are cases where a “White” person finds out they have 1/6 Native American heritage and suddenly start using that as an excuse to CA a culture they just recently discovered they had ties to.
In the U.S. race is everything it defines and puts everyone in these tight boxes. If you are white that’s it you’re white. If you’re black that’s it you’re black. People fail to realize in the U.S. that the world is black and white in terms of people, but that is far from it there are North Asians, , African Americans, Central Asians, North Africans, West Africans, Australians,etc. People have very little interest about your actual culture, just the color of your skin and the language you speak.
No one cares that you are from Ghana and not Jamaica or that someone who is from Albania is Muslim, until we blatantly present our cultures in their faces, people label.