race and culture (activities) aren’t the same! rant

I just want to say, we need to destroy the idea that certain things are “white people things” even if tons of white people do them and they’re associated with whites.

You know the whole slew of things I’ve heard as being called white people things? Mental illness, mental health care, non-heterosexuality, scifi, hipster mason jar power crystals & stuff, goth, techno (which…what? history??), metal, pocket watches, motorcycles or vintage anything, collecting in general, not getting spanked / other physical discipline, and the latest one I saw: wearing a blanket for the lower body that resembles a mermaid tail.

You know why this sort of talk pisses me off? It really narrows down what PoC are allowed to be before we suddenly lose our identities.

Which. No. Being white would make us white. Do not narrow the range of ways PoC can exist. Or are we all only supposed to speak our ancestral languages, practice our ancestral religions, and only listen to our own culture’s music?? No.

No more identity policing. No more conflating culture/activity with race. And what about PoC who grew up in really white places (me)? You gonna blame us because we got into “white” stuff like scifi and pocket watches?

Like, geez, if liking scifi is such a “white people thing” then explain to me why, despite having watched the entirety of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who, do I still get selected for extra screening at the airport??

Sure, lots of things are super associated with white people, and when they do crap like…wear yoga pants and uggs into Starbucks and talk in a valley girl accent, yeah, we call it super white. But if a PoC does it, it’s not white. Know why? Because PoC aren’t (monoracially) white.

The action being performed is either a white thing or not a white thing based on the race of the person doing it. The activity does not have a race that it can push onto the people doing it. Activities don’t have races. People do. Activities don’t dictate your race, your race dictates the activity. This is why it’s “enterprising” when white people do a business thing but it’s “sneaky” when Asian ppl do the same business thing.

An Asian person may try to “act white” by doing something stereotypically associated with whiteness, but it won’t help. White people will see your race first, and call what you thought was an attempt to be “white” and “enterprising” as “Asian” and  “sneaky”. Because you’re Asian.

If I, an Asian, do a thing, then it’s an Asian thing. It may not be the kind of Asian you’re used to, but it’s Asian.

Mod W

(edit: another issue with calling someone or their activity ‘white’ is you don’t distinguish between PoC with internalized racism who need help and may be someone you want to avoid, with PoC who are very anti-racist but happen to like “white” things. and the boundary btwn these two isnt always so easy)

Edit 2: In light of a recent comment, I want to say that this is coming from the position of a USA transracial adoptee. I still don’t believe culture is the same as race for sociology reasons, but I want you all to know where I’m coming from.

Does cultural appropriation exist?

Not really blog related but I’d really like to discuss this😂
Do you believe it’s a thing or not and how far does it go?
Can everyone wear “black hairstyles” like dreadlocks and if no for who isn’t it appropriate? White Americans? White people? Everyone who isn’t black?

Don’t want to offend anyone I’m just interested in this😊 (as an European I’m confused)

yuppies suck. white “health” culture sucks: reading the recipe (x), there’s this white orientalism that appropriates the names of things while dissing the food culture of others (the insulting opposition of “health” with “traditional” in the post.)

  • Things that exist:Bulgarian culture, Spanish culture, Canadian culture, Ukrainian culture, Swedish culture, Dutch culture, Basque culture, Austrian culture, French culture, Portuguese culture, Bosnian culture, Irish culture
  • Things that do not exist:"White culture"
  • Things that exist:Honduran culture, Indian culture, Japanese culture, Mongolian culture, Venezuelan culture, Moroccan culture, Egyptian culture, Iraqi culture, Cherokee culture, Jamaican culture, Korean culture, Bangladeshi culture, Shoshone culture
  • Things that do not exist:"PoC culture"

“white people have no culture!!”


i’m sorry

what’s that?

i wasn’t


that europeans

don’t have rich

and fascinating cultures

or that culture

has to comply

with tumblr’s definition

of what culture is

in order to be counted as legitimate

white people have tons of culture so shut the fuck up about white people “not having any culture”

White people be like “I’m 53% French, 21% Irish, 4% Italian, 20% Swedish, and 2% milk” and expect us to appreciate their cultural background but then don’t even make an effort to distinguish between different types of Asian cultures and are like “lol all Asians r basically the same xD”


Teen dresses as a thief for culture day because “white people steal everyone else’s culture”

On Tuesday, Springbrook High School students dressed up in traditional garb for the school’s cultural day. Josh Welch, a senior at the Maryland-based school, opted for a black tee and sweatpants to make a bold commentary on cultural appropriation.

While many have since commented with praise, saying things like, “I’m shook” and “god bless,” an assortment of trolls thoroughly misunderstood his point.

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Why I don't use "POC" to refer to someone who isn't white.

It lumps thousands of cultures, races, heritage and history under one fucking label.

do you know how diverse black culture is? It can differ dramatically country to country, state to state, and even city to city. Hell in London alone, there are vast groups of people with African origin. Who identify with so many different cultures. To name two, Somali British and British Caribbean differ so much in their cultural practice. It’s just plain offensive to group them under the same label.

Don’t get me started on Latin American.. walk from Mexico to Argentina and tell me they don’t deserve individual recognition..

Aboriginal Australians?

Hell I’ll even get started on white culture..

Yeah it’s diluted in the states because your history is only hundreds of years old.

But fucking hell as a Celtic British person with vast heritage which expands into such a beautiful culture of tribalism and brotherhood. Stunning music, and historical Significance, I am deeply offended myself when I am grouped under this guise that there is no such thing as white culture..

I went to download festival in June. We met so many different people from different backgrounds. I was at one point. A Cornishman, Sat around a fire with a Scot, a Nord, And an Icelandic fellow. And the Icelandic fella sung us a traditional lullaby from his heritage. And it was moving.

So fuck off with your master labels and macro approach to ethnicity.

Pick up a book, go meet people, travel. Because sitting at home making judgements about other people’s cultures, is no less racist. Just because you call yourself a “POC”.

Your form of social justice does no justice to anyone.