Saying "on the other hand" means nothing. Your original statement was a contradiction but that's ok. You have to be more specific when you post messages. You have to say "In corporate America, mainstream culture is white culture" However, I would still take issue with that. Let me ask you this: What do you mean by saying that corporate culture is white culture? Isn't it American culture? Give me something specific regarding "white culture" that is so corporate.
“But your culture is outside of the mainstream. That's because it's a minority culture. There's nothing racist about that. On the other hand hip-hop and R&B dominate rock music right now 10 to 1 with kids. Take a look at the billboard top 10 and see how many are rock or country vs how many are rap and R&B.”
Is this not a contradiction?
Like I said, "on the other hand". But that's only with youth culture. There's no denying that rap culture, which is generally associated with black culture, is prevalent with the MTV generation. But in the grand scheme of the United States, white culture clearly dominates. Corporate America, which is generally associated with white culture, is the culture that rules the day. And my point is that that has less to do with hostility towards black culture and more to do with the sheer number of people behind it.
I'm not sure what statement you think was a contradiction. That black culture is outside of the mainstream because it's the minority? You disagree, but that doesn't make it a contradiction. Unless I'm pointing to the wrong statement.
Maybe we're confusing too many "cultures" here that probably overlap a lot. Let's put aside the influence in the youth for a moment... I won't deny for a second that the Rolling Stones would not exist without the influence of black music (gospel, jazz, etc.) But I wouldn't say the Rolling Stones are part of black culture. I've been to a Rolling Stones concert, and I could count on my hand how many black people were there. So I guess my point is that historical influence is one thing; mainstream presence or domination is another.
And what dominates American culture is money as controlled by corporations. Take 10 CEOs and ask them about what influences and excites them outside of making money. You'd hear yachting, Bill Gates, Adam Smith, golf... That's their culture. Move further down the ladder and you'd see that most whites working in cubicles all day for those CEOs are wishing for lives influenced by those things. So in that sense, nothing really distinguishes white culture from corporate America.
Here's where I'll probably get flamed, and you can make all the assumptions you want to about me.
Between the average 18 year old white kid and the average 18 year old black kid, the goals are the same: happiness, security, etc. But the means to those goals are looked at differently in white and black culture. To the white kid it's get good grades, go to a good college, get a good job, get a good house, have good kids and grandkids because that's the game you play for "success" in America. Most black kids aren't afforded the opportunities to play the game in order to be successful (again, I use that term loosely). Not only that, gangster rap only encourages black kids not to play the game.
Honestly, I don't know what the hell we were even discussing to begin with. I think I'm through with uber-intense debate through the bulletin board. This would be a much more interesting and lucid discussion if we were all in person. I think everyone would agree with that.