Quote from slinkyheadCNA
As a black American, I have learned white culture through growing up in this country. The American public school system does more than enough to indoctrinate white culture. That would be a waste of time to cover it during the one chapter cultural competence is covered. Also most books give you the western perspective in contrast with the eastern perspective.
I'm of an origin, which is considered western perspectives. The best way to show the dilemma is an example.
Ok so I'm learning maternity right now. The text goes into how this groups being dominant group while minorities usually follow the dominant group. Then they go on to state various factors which could be stereotypes, depending on how you look at it. So African Americans - use lots of oil on newborns scalp and skin, Asian American - pregnancy is a natural happy time, Arab Americans - breast feeding delayed 2 to 3 days after birth, Hispanic - loud during labor (ha who isn't?).
There is no info on White American. Which I could only guess could do any of the above actions? It's just remains a mystery.
Now for myself, being black yet not being American, however the American society deems me "African American" even though I am not, could be confusing to some. So I've "assimilated" into the African American culture and great American culture as a whole but I guess this more relates to immigrants since we did not grow up here. Its particularly difficult when we move here as an adult. The assimilation process is hampered by our own engrained traditions, cultures and values. The only course I really learned anything about white Americans or the dominant US culture was in my sociology classes.
I read somewhere that one professor (white nurse MSN) refused to teach from a cultural perspective textbook because she believed the book was derogatory to minorities and mainly presented stereotypes rather than the actual culture of those groups. I believe she resigned. I guess cultural competence in itself is a difficult topic and its best to just be open minded.