White American culture is the common culture, the common ways and set of understandings, of white Americans. For the most part it is the same thing as Anglo-American culture, which takes in English-speaking Canada.
White people in America are all different. They have different experiences and backgrounds, they think and act for themselves. They are not living stereotypes or slaves to their culture.
But that said, most whites still share a common culture. It is what you see on television, what is taught in school. It is why white suburbs are so much alike from city to city.
That common culture is way way more white than black, more Anglo than Latin, more Protestant than Catholic, Muslim or Jewish.
I know most white Americans are made uneasy by calling anything “white”. It sounds so skinhead. It goes against their colour-blind racism. But the fact is white Americans share a common culture that is different than black American culture. Racism lies at the heart of that culture. It is important to see that. Trying to pretty it up helps no one. So it is not just American culture, but white American culture.
It is also different than white British or white Australian culture. So it is not just white but white American.
Here are some of the features of White American culture. Again, keep in mind that not every white person follows all of this. And again, many of these things will be found in other cultures, especially British and Black American culture, its closest cousins:
- language: American Standard English. Stiff, long-winded, impersonal.
- religion: a private affair, but mainly Protestant and Bible-based.
- weights and measure: English, some metric.
- law: common law from England based on precedent; trial by jury; no man should be above the law.
- government: democracy, presidents.
- freedom: makes society stronger and richer, not weaker.
- the future: what you make it.
- music: rock, country, gangsta rap, swing.
- dress: blue jeans, dressing down.
- cows: for meat, milk, leather.
- pigs: eaten.
- dogs: loved, not allowed to run loose, almost seen as one of the family.
- diet: cows, pigs, chicken, turkey, wheat, maize, potato, sugar, cow’s milk, beer, chicken eggs.
- breasts: not commonly bared in magazines or in public.
- beards: rare.
- books: rarely read after age 25.
- poverty: a moral failing.
- wealth: worshipped.
- intelligence: looked down upon: geeks and nerds.
- race: colour-blind racism: lip service is given to colour-blind equality, but in practice whites are seen as better than blacks and their lives matter more.
- homosexuals: accepted to the degree that same-sex marriage is now a matter of debate.
- female beauty: white-skinned, thin, long yellow hair, big breasts, empty blue eyes.
- drink: beer common among men but not allowed for children.
- coffee or tea?: coffee since the 1920s.
- sports: an important part of life; baseball, American football, basketball, ice hockey, golf, tennis.
- family: parents with young children; divorce common; personal desires over family.
- parents: try to be friends with their children; avoid physical punishment.
- managers: try to be friends with their employees.