OUR CULTURE IS POP CULTURE: THE REAL FACE OF AMERICA

 

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“We set the standard.”


who we are

For anyone interested in knowing what the culture of America is, then I will tell you. This is a pop culture country, considering we have so many different ethnic groups in this country. With each, people bring their own style which contributes to the pop culture of the nation. Some may see that is an uncomfortable reality because all pop means is popular. People don’t want their culture sometimes to be seen as the pop thing because pop goes in and out of style. And culture of a group should not be seen as a style for many to use then throw away. But I guess that is the downsides of living in such a diverse nation.

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In this country, we have such a strong identity via the music we listen to, the way we dress, and the dances that correlate with the music. We have even influenced the world with the music and the way we dress. Why, well we as Americans have always set the tone for what is cool in society. Other countries have their idea and perception of cool, but with so many different groups in America, if you have been cool here you are big everywhere.

anyone can be anything

In how many other countries can you see a musician become a world leader? Or better yet, a television personality who became president of the country? America is a country where this happens and we think nothing about it. In other countries, a leader has to hold positions for lengthy periods of time in public office. We as Americans will feel an attachment to a celebrity and think they should lead. But that is also a good thing about living in this country. You can always continue to reinvent yourself. And for someone like me living in New York City, you can be what you want everyday. And rarely see the same two people twice.


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MINE OR THE WORLD’S: WHY WE COVET CULTURE

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“It’s mine, all mine.”


protective cultures

What would people think if me, a Black male were to wear a traditional Japanese outfit, or attire myself in traditional Indian clothing. I wonder how many would get upset by the decision for me to do so. And that is where you see who is protective of what as it pertains to culture. The reason people tend to be protective is that they do not want the meaning of what it is they do and why they do so to lose its lure and historical importance. Imagine if I were to wear clothing that is an outfit wore by Indians and it became popular. Without expressing how it came to be, it could be seen as a trend I started. Which would be considered disrespectful to Indians. what are other reasons for the protection?

good guy bad guy

There are behaviors or customs that are alright by one group. But the moment the other group adopts the exact same behavior, then for some reason it is seen as fine. And that is another reason why the culture tends to be protective. How can you say that rap music is bad when Black people do it. Then a White rapper expressing the same violent rage and sentiment and he is seen as expressing his artistic emotions. We are not talking anything else but a change in the hue of the person performing. Then it becomes the thing that is cool that the dominant group does and no longer an origin of the original group.

america is not your typical country

Living in the United States, this is a country that is considered a place where people come from all over the world to live. There is no such thing as an American custom that exist in China, or Russia, or India, or Egypt. We have many different things brought over by many different people. So when it comes to culture, this country shares cultures because of our close proximity to one another. Your neighbor is not someone that lives in the next country over. They are people next door to where you live. So it makes sense that we easily adopt one another’s customs. It is not always intentional. It’s our overall way of life because we are so close.


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I DO IT FOR THE CULTURE

 

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“What a time to be alive.”


2 months of intrigue

These are the months that I have waiting for my blog. This is where we will analyze culture for the months of September and October. And when I say the word culture, there are many different forms of culture. There is the ethnic culture, and then there are the social cultural influences that affect our lives. And the social/political have been the biggest. Especially considering in the next four months we are heading for another presidential election cycle. So our culture in America is very broad and ambiguous. But I am not just going to limit it to America, I have some things overseas in foreign countries that are of intrigue as well. So enjoy and continue to support the site.


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SHARE THE WEALTH: SHOULD WE SHARE EACH OTHERS CULTURE

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“Appropriation or credit?”


we the people

As a citizen living in the United States, you always hear the term “cultural appropriation.” And I understand the ramifications connected to the appropriation of ones culture. And the reality of it all is this, should we share each others culture. Because in America, where so many different groups reside, should we be living as a whole in one nation yet still separated in the same space? Especially if you live in a major hub like I do in New York City. How do you not try to connect on some level to the different groups around you? But how do others within groups feel themselves about sharing what they have with the world? Because the idea of culture is strong, but segregation is archaic considering you’re putting a distance between the species.

for the love of it

We all might have a shared love interest for something and that strengthens the culture. Typically this form of culture is music, movies, and dance. This is something that is engraved in the identity of this country. People from around the world have an affinity for American culture because of the diverse nature of our entertainment. Everywhere in the world the entertainment is very centric to what is in the group’s culture that reside in that country. We have so many different people with so many different stories, you don’t have to worry about the same story being told over and over. And we are more than welcoming to allow people to explore the American cultural landscape. But it starts to get into some grey areas the moment you get into ethnic and religious practices. Well, I will say, more so with ethnicity than religion.

adoption is illegal

If you come a group of people who have had their history lost or stolen, then you typically are quite protective of that culture. And whoever comes in, you are critical as to why they are coming into the culture. And what happens when someone adopts something, then write it off as their own? What happens if the group is so small they don’t have a big enough voice to fight back. Then their identity is lost or becomes a trend. And cultures have taken at times thousands of years to be eradicated in a quick stint. For example, people think of the Swastika as a Nazi symbol, when in reality it is a strong Indian symbol. It was created for hate, yet adopted and now has the connotation of genocide.


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APPROPRIATORS: WHEN CULTURAL APPROPRIATION FEELS UNCOMFORTABLE

“When it goes bad.”


cultural appropriation

What is cultural appropriation? Well, cultural apprpriation is when someone of another culture adopts the look of someone elses’ and writes it off as their own. Now, do they do this on purpose, or is this a blunder that draws criticism?Related image

how it becomes problematic

To me, I don’t think people are doing things that will purposely remove the element of the group. But when are you of a dominant group and where something this tends to happen. For instance if you are a White American.

If you are a White American and wear your hair in corn rows because you might have seen a well-known Black celebrity or friend of yours in this style. Then you draw criticism because now, it’s called boxer braids when you sport it.

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Image courtesy of artist: Shannon Wright 

Not only does the name change, but the connotation that comes with it. Because when African Americans do it, it’s considered unprofessional or a thug mentality. But it’s a breakthrough when White Women do it. Is this a lot of White women’s fault, no.

We live in a country where the mainstream media picks up on something and they exploit it more than the single female herself. They push the narrative and it becomes all the rage. Like Miley Cyrus twerking. This was popularized by Black female strippers, but she does it and it becomes the dance of the year.

what do people expect

We all are very protective of our cultures, especially when someone on the outside does something that mirrors what we do. Yet, like I said before, it’s not an intentional move to remove a group’s credibility. And to be honest, it wouldn’t matter if someone does give the proper respect. Society may still run with whoever they like in the end.

But also outside of the giving of just do, you can’t also get made when someone from the outside wears something that they find stylish, but society places a different guideline for the look. Like a Miley Cyrus twerking video. She could say all day where she got it, Kim Kardashian could say corn rows; views will be views.

Yo have to change a social construction of the ideologies behind the differences. You can address the person doing all day, but it’s out of their hands. They (appropriators) can show respect all day, the view is different in the eyes of masses because how people perceive another group of people. Meaning Kim K is not viewed in the same light as when a Black woman in corn rows because the “negative image” of Black women has to shift.


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CULTURAL LIMITATIONS: IS IT LIMITING TO ONLY BE INTO YOUR CULTURE

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“Why find out about others when you have so much?”


what is it?

Culture is the shared belief, attitude, feeling that a group possesses which makes that group who they are or what they do. Usually, we connect culture to ethnic, religious, and social background. The above photo is of the Taj Mahal,  a monument located in India. It was built by Shah Jahan to honor the woman who died giving birth to their child. It has not only been a place for Indians to visit, but also couples from around the world. Anyone who is anyone in love have come, or plan on visiting the Taj Mahal.

ones own culture

Your culture is more to you than anyone else. To someone else it could be good music or good food. But to you, there is a story behind everything you do. Since the movie Black Panther has Image result for african clothescome out in theaters, the fictional land of Wakanda is spurred an Afrocentric style of dress. But the style of clothing that worn by Africans is more than just a fashion trend, it is a story. The colors, the elaborate print tell a story depending on what tribe you belong to in Africa. So for soRelated image many Africans, the idea of knowing ones culture only is not limiting but empowering. The same applies for Italians, Jews, Irish, Chinese, Indian, and many others who take pride in in their traditions.

limits

If there are any limits to just knowing your own culture besides not getting to know something else great. You also limit your opportunities to work in so many environments. When you are a universal person, you are able to travel and live anywhere in the world. For me, growing up in a predominantly African American family, my mother always wanted us to learn other cultures in addition to our own. She felt that it opens up so many doors for you to go so many places.


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ENTERING A NEW TOPIC: THE MONTH OF MARCH

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“A month for Culture.”


March

Welcome everyone, tomorrow will be the month of March. A month that I am dedicating to culture. Yes, culture will be the topic for the month of March. Focusing on the mind and science has been a deep two months. This month will be deep, but a little more focused on something we can all connect to. No matter who you are, we all have something of cultural significance that we have a connection to in life. It can be a certain food we eat, music we listen to, or way of life. Culture is the thing that binds us in society. This one (post) I am going to keep short so that I can focus on the month of March coming in. So I hope you all enjoy this month. Like I always say keep reading, following, sharing, and liking. And if anyone needs a contributor to their page I will gladly write a piece for you. Leave a way for me to contact you via email in the comments.


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