What do you think of cultural appropriation?
Wow this is a loaded question that I wasn' t really expecting but HERE WE GO.
To be straightforward about it, I think that white people need to leave other
cultures alone. Want to learn a foreign language? Do it. Want to try another
country' s food’? Do it. Want to live in a foreign country? Do it. There is nothing
wrong with being curious and learning or even moving abroad, or becoming a
citizen ofa foreign country.
But do NOT start claiming parts of cultures as your own. I get visibly upset
when I hear white people talking about dressing up as a "geisha girl" for
Halloween. People like geisha and things like Native American headdresses
are incredibly important parts of cultures and histories that ARE NOT DUES.
We have a right to appreciate them, and we have a responsibility to respect
I lived in Japan for a few months, and Ihas well as many of my white menos-
got to experience a lot of Japanese culture. On a whole, we lived just like the
Japanese people around us. We ate the same food, spoke the same language,
rode the same trains, wore the same clothes. But we were never under the
impression that we were Japanese, or that we had a right to infringe on their
cultural identity. Some of my friends had the opportunity to wear kimono,
GIVEN/ LEANT tto them by their Japanese host families FOR A PARTICULAR
SPECIAL (OCCASION. There' s nothing wrong with that. There is, however,
EVERYTHING wrong with wean' Kimono on a regular basis, pretending that
you have ANY idea what it' s like to be Japanese when you have NON E.
It isn' tjust aide. its tasteless and offensive. The white west hasn' t only
discriminated against other races and cultures, but has ACTEALY
ATTEMPTED To WIFE THEM our. We have a long, ugly past of waging
cultural war, even committing cultural genocide (in addition to ACTUAL
genocide}- Now, we say "haha we have a black president" and blithely wear a
humanty' to a Halloween party.
I' m disgusted and saddened by cultural appropriation. We need to learn the
difference between appreciating other cultures and assuming them, then we
need to keep a respectful distance and stay in our own lane.
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