A question for white people
Do you ever feel like you are lacking a meaningful cultural heritage? If so, does this bother you:
1. -a lot
2. -a little
3. -not at all
3b. -I’m glad not to be burdened by a meaningful cultural heritage.
3c. -I think the adherence to cultural norms is stupid.
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I do and I don’t.
While I grew up in the south and I think we have a culture the older I got and more internet I got into the more I was made to feel ashamed because the south is apparently only backwards racist sexist hillbillies. I’ve been made fun of for my accent. TV shows actively make fun of southern people etc.
Yeah, ” people have it worse” and that’s another reason I can’t really talk about how it annoys me when Southerners are portrayed as idiots in media. Who cares about the dumb white people? I just let that self-hate fester.
As far as ancestors, sure I have those but I’m about as connected to Italy as I am to Africa even though if you keep going back we all have that.
Sometimes I think if I could choose to be someone else I would. A lot of cultures have far more awesome shit that the internet has made me feel guilty for liking.
- maglab answered:No. I definitely have heritage. Both through my european ancestors and just in America.
- unravthreads answered:I agree. I watched a docu. about American Indians and their culture and pride? We just don’t have that, especially in England.
- choreamajor answered:3 - all the castles around here tell me otherwise
- this-is-jacks answered:Uh, sometimes. It’s more that all of my cultural heritage isn’t anything I can be proud of. It feels gross to think about to be honest.
- thewildestthingofall answered:My family still has very very heavy polish background so…no.
- morgflorg answered:I am a little bothered by it. My dad used to tell me I was part Native American, and that excited me until I learned he was lying…
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- angietumblz answered:I’m very torn on this subject for various reasons. But basically, I am on one hand because I love the feeling of community, but 1/2
- serain answered:I’m not white but sometimes I wish I was canadian so I could have a charming cultural heritage and a political identity I’m not ashamed of.
- claystorks answered:Finnish, & never considered this until I started following american tumblrers, it’s an interesting discourse, but perhaps only USA-specific
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- azakhm answered:I’m Russian (like, born there and still a citizen) and Russia has more culture and history than we know what to do with. Like, lots! So no :)
- vavassor answered:I’ve FELT that way, but I know I do. The feeling I think stems from disconnection w/ my family and people around me, rather than vice versa.
- karsenslater answered:Yes, I do, and my other answer is 2. I know why I don’t have one but sometimes I wish I did.
- acydjay answered:I don’t feel very lacking. I like having a mutt heritage, I was exposed to many different ones as a growing child, and feel well-rounded
- older-and-far-away said:Romanian, and a smidge of Mongolian because Genghis Khan got AROUND. So, yeah, I’m a white chick, but that doesn’t invalidate the history and culture behind my heritage.
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- thursdaysotherdaughter answered:Usually 3c, though I have bouts of 2 at times
- frankrmb answered:2.
- mayeko answered:I don’t think I count, but don’t even get me started, my cultural heritage is so thick and rich you could drizzle it on pancakes.
- anderjak answered:2. The most significant cultural tie I have is Cherokee, but it’s heavily diluted under a huge European morass. It’d be nice, but eh.
- godsgifttogrinds answered:I don’t feel like I’m lacking a meaningful cultural heritage.
- mopcut answered:that being said as far as i’ve seen it’s not super dependent on race here, certain white communities are all about heritage more than others
- anniefelis answered:3 - I live in the great lakes region of the USA. Each city here has many ways to celibrate culture and heritage, whether caucasian or not.
- frostanddew answered:1, it makes me feel like I’m not connected to/ apart of the human race sometimes ._.
- polks answered:nope, I don’t feel this way!
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- mopcut said:personally, i like how i am not part of a certain identity and am more of the “default”— there’s a lot more room to be just you there if that makes sense (in a ridiculous but similar enough concept: “gamers” vs “gamer girls” specifically).
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- gridbugs answered:2. But I have mountain folksy heritage somewhat, so I just go with that.
- annsileas answered:2. A little, however I lean on some of my Irish and English heritage and celebrate some Celtic pagan holidays. Passing of the harvest~ so on
- yami-no-bakura answered:3. IDGAF. Although guess it would be cool to have some kind of special cultural festivals or shit.
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- alexiorsay answered:I wish the italian side of my family was a little more Italian, so I’ll go with a 2
- shinebrightlikeanightlight answered:Yes, and 1, quite a bit. I’m such a hodgepodge of heritages with so much distance that latching onto any one and celebrating it feels fake.
- teddyrudolphaltman answered:your question is quite biased, a lot of white people are ethnic minorities with their own culture. How would you define ‘meaningful’?
- tankens answered:Yup, 3.
- c1qfxugcgy0 answered:3
- thewonderfullurkerofoz answered:3 and sometimes 3c. But I get that it’s important to people.
- warchiefeny answered:Somewhat 3c but I also feel that it’s only as meaningful as you make it on an individual basis. I think my heritage is interesting enough.
- painted-bees answered:not at all. I guess I go about experiencing a slew of other cultures first hand via friends and in-laws. I don’t feel like I’m missing out.
- skywiper answered:2 & 3c, i wrote an essay on this for my english class :)
- shatterlands answered:a little, in the same way i envy people with big/close families. there are connections there that are utterly absent in my life.
- hardwired-artificer answered:2? I was going to say more but then I couldn’t figure out words.
- tyuran answered:No, because meaning is largely arbitrary. A conventionally shallow culture’s OK.
- ipgd answered:yes, 3, 3b and 3c
- afunbusnameddesire answered:3. Honestly, it doesn’t bother me… It’s not something that I think about a lot. I’m simply a blend of a few things and I’m ok with that.
- joobr answered:3
- reaill answered:3 not at all? I’m me one way or another so y’know, but I can appreciate other people’s cultural heritage and the like
- jondek answered:3c