“I’ve noticed that they talk incessantly about minority cultures: their music, their food, and so forth, and how we “appropriate” it. But they act as if there’s no such thing as culture amongst white people. Unless they’re part of specific groups, like Italians or the Irish. The dominant American ethnic group in U.S. culture were and are the English. But we so take them for granted it’s as if their influence isn’t there, even though blacks, for instance, have “appropriated” more of it than we could ever hope to appropriate of theirs should we try.
A similar fate befell German culture. I guess the Irish survived because they were oppressed, or whatever. But there’s a whimsical quality to Irish-American culture, which I find artificial. Anyway, the point is that mainstream American culture is there, while people brought up in its slain yet undying influence pretend it isn’t.”
A later comment by ‘anonas’ adds:
The dominant American ethnic group in U.S. culture were and are the English. But we so take them for granted it’s as if their influence isn’t there….
My people thank you for the shout out, as we have our achievements blotted out.”
Very true. Yet it seems that this is all too often not mentioned or noticed even by people who are ‘WASPs’ or English-descended Americans. It may be that most English-Americans take themselves and their (very real) culture for granted.