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Cooper Essay 1

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Professor Cooper's Essay 2: Essay Title!

 

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Why don't we have White Culture celebrations? And why do so many people oppose the mere mentioning of a white cultural celebration? It doesn't make sense to me. We have other cultural celebrations. February is African American History Month, and September is Hispanic Heritage Month. What's wrong with say October as White Culture Awareness Month? I would like to see Americans make more of an effort to learn about all cultures, and not just the ethnic minority cultures. It's the only fair thing to do, it's an educational opportunity, and **** something else good here. (note: and to understand what culture is)

 

As an African American living in America, I am free to celebrate my culture, my heritage. But what is my culture? my heritage? Well, according to my title: African American, my culture has some basis ro roots in being from Africa. But to me that means nothing. Africa is a continent. It's not even a country. I have never even been to Africa, let alone eaten an African dish or practiced an African religion. Now that doesn't mean that I'm not proud to be African American. I'm very proud to be who I am. What I'm saying is that, to me, the culture or a group of people has more to do with than just where those people's people originated. For instance, Rahma, a student in my Tuesday-Thursday class, is from Africa. Her culture is much different from mine being born here in America. All I'm trying to say here is that my culture though largely dependent on the Africa distinction is more accurately rooted in the American distinction. But what makes me proud to celebrate my African-American (both together) culture is the fact that my African and African-American ancestors were strong people or survive great disadvantages during their lives.

 

Now that brings me to my first point about having white culture celebrations. Aren't white people proud of their ancestor's contributions to America? Shouldn't they be proud that their ancestors were strong people who have survived great disadvantages in their lives? Well, surprisingly most Americans don't know their history, and don't know that white Am….. For example, when the English settlers first came to American, most were not wealthy and could not afford the luxuries that most Americans believed the first settlers had. In fact, most of the settlers coming to American were indentured servants, a more pleasant term for slaves. Yes, white people were slaves too! Now I know it was not the same as the African slaves, but stay with me here for a second. (come back to this)

 

If a white person calls herself italian, then she associates herself with her Italian heritage and probably has a culture based on that Italian heritage. If a white person practices the Jewish faith, then he associates himself with the Jewish religion and all of its belief and probably has a culture based on that Jewish faith. But what if a white person, doesn't know which European country his family hails from. What culture does this person adopt? What is it that she gets to be proud of? Does she not have a culture? Let me answer those questions for myself as an African American. I don't know which African country my family hails from, yet I have adopted the African culture as the basis of my cultural… I am proud of what my people have endured and the uniqueness of my people. I have culture and it is based on my ethnicity, but more so on who I am in this great country of the United States.

 

Now this doesn't seem fair. Why is it that I, as an African-American, can designate a whole content as the basis of my cultural background, I can be proud of my people who were brought over to America against their will to be slaves because they endured and survived, and I can openly and publicly with the help of this great nation celebrate my culture in a month long celebration? (The American part is what influences the culture of most people anyway in the US. It doesn't matter what ethnicity or nationality you attach it to, there the strongest factor affecting our culture today is America.)(put somewhere else) White people can't do that. Why not? Why cant they designate this great country as the basis of their cultural background, tie that to the fact that they are white, which holds its own distinctions in our society and bam you have a culture: white culture. Society is always talking about how American culture has so much influence on other cultures. This is true. Well we have to have an American culture before we can have an influence on others. And it seems as if that American culture can't exist unless it gets hyphenated after a ethnic minority distinction. (not clear on this point- revisit)

Okay, now end this. Did you make your point. Do you have enough illustrations?

 

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My Other Essays

* Cooper Essay 4 - Comparison/Contrast

* Cooper Essay 7 - Persuasive

 

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