Is the H silent in white?

In my region we don’t say “hwite”. instead the “h” is completely silent. We say, “wite” and the “w” is exactly the same as the “w” sound in “wife”. However, I have heard quite a few people (maybe they were from the Southeastern US) pronounce the “wh” sound as though it were written “hw”.

How do you pronounce red?

How do you pronounce Y and J?