I wouldnt go so far as to claim the majority of American culture is due to black influence, for two main reasons. In terms of rhetorical strategy, its an awful gambit: it reinforces the already fallacious reasoning founded on racialism that white supremacists employ, and simply feeds the “my in-group is better than yours” dynamic that racists feed upon like proverbial ambrosia. It Awesome Since January 2014 7th Quarantine Birthday Gift T-Shirt admits that the elements of culture can be linked to ones skin color, and that these elements are discrete entities that must always flow, pure and undiluted, from one race down to the others. In less jargony terms, it plays the game racists already play, and no one wins that game but them.
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On another level, its also such a broad argument that its inevitably full of holes that even non-racists will pick up on and criticize, if for no reason other than base pedantry (e.g. this very post I am making!). You cannot claim any one race is responsible for the majority of Americas culture because (avoiding the fact that races are a ridiculous way to categorize humans anyways) America has been, from its very inception (Awesome Since January 2014 7th Quarantine Birthday Gift T-Shirtand let us not forget the continents rich history before European colonization) a multicultural society that pulls, by its very nature, from all of its constituent cultures. One can point to southern foods African origins, for example, but what of its Scottish origins? And Native American contributions? And French?
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The style of food arose from all these sources, not simply one. To claim otherwise is simply a bad argument that wont hold up to scrutiny. In conclusion: its possible to be proud of the history and achievements of ones people (however you define that aspect of your identity) without feeding into the selfsame narratives and rhetorical strategies employed by those you fight against. Excellent points and I agree completely. The cultural richness of the African American community is in large part a result of slavery I suspect. Awesome Since January 2014 7th Quarantine Birthday Gift T-Shirt They were stripped of most of their culture when they were taken from their homeland, so a new one had to be created. As unfortunate as it is for the creative, great suffering is often the driving impetus for great creation.