I do not understand or appreciate those who complain about cultural appropriation. This is how the world works. There are a myriad of different cultures on this planet and we are all borrowing from each other, all the time. It is why our food has a variety of herbs and spices (and why we have a…
You’ve got it so backwards and it’s apparent that you don’t even know what appropriation means. You’re mistaking it OVER and OVER again for cultural diffusion.
You know what’s prejudiced? Misrepresenting, misusing or decontextualizing the traditions of others.
You know what’s not? Respecting a people and culture enough that when they say, hey don’t do this thing, it harms us, TO FUCKING LISTEN.
It has nothing to do with skin color, only to do with being a decent, kind person and TRULY RESPECTING not only other cultures but the people who make it up.
I do not, and will not, morph the definition of words to fit a viewpoint of victimhood. In other words, I will not claim that racism, for example, needs to be oppressive to be racism. Likewise, I will not claim that cultural appropriation *needs* to be negatively stereotypical to be appropriation. Appropriation is to take for oneself. It is to adopt. Whether this be by wearing a stereotypically offensive Halloween costume (lame) or, as in what I am speaking of — doing something as simple as wearing a mohawk at a punk concert or creating a new genre of music by fusing different cultural sounds together… like in the history of Rock N Roll. If you need to learn what cultural appropriation is - not just SJW appropriation but the whole deal - then please click here where it says:
Cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group. It describes acculturation or assimilation, but can imply a negative view towards acculturation from a minority culture by a dominant culture. It can include the introduction of forms of dress or personal adornment, music and art, religion, language, or social behavior. These elements, once removed from their indigenous cultural contexts, can take on meanings that are significantly divergent from, or merely less nuanced than, those they originally held.
Appropriation practice involves the ‘appropriation’ of ideas, symbols, artifacts, image, sound, objects, forms or styles from other cultures, from art history, from popular culture or other aspects of man made visual or non visual culture. Anthropologists have studied the process of cultural appropriation, or cultural borrowing (which includes art and urbanism), as part of cultural change and contact between different cultures
Now that that’s out of the way… How do you think our food would taste, if Europeans so long ago had not taken a trip down the silk road? If they had left the spices where they found them, what would we have to show for it? Do you like Cinnamon rolls, by chance? Without the fusion of cultures, they would not exist. Do you think New York or Chicago would be fighting over whose pizza is the best without the Italians (and the Ancient Greeks behind them)? These people took things from those cultures, changed them, and made them their own. And there is absolutely nothing that is shameful about that. That is how ideas evolve.
And nothing is and should be sacred. Because human progress and creativity and expression are 100 times more important than guarding culture and tradition like a watchdog, ready to bear down on anyone who has dared to find inspiration from it.
I am not the kind of person who respects that, and I am not sorry for it.
Now, if you want to childishly misrepresent my argument due to your disagreement with my terminology by saying “You just want to wear an offensive Halloween costume lol pathetic” then you go right on ahead. I don’t lose anything by ignoring your future arguments. But don’t expect to change anyone’s views when you don’t understand what their views are in the first place. And don’t expect them to ignore the fact that you have no clue what they’re even talking about, either.
So try again. Preferably with more facts and less vitriol and sentimental bullshit, preferably focusing on what I am saying and not what you hope to god I am saying so that you can fight the good fight and protect the people like a shining white knight of hope! If you can put away your need to look like a hero vanquishing evil, we can have a discussion — and a polite one at that. If not, kindly fuck off, please… and that is all the courtesy you will get from me.
My view is that cultural appropriation should not be seen as something that is necessarily negative because when different people come together, ideas, creativity, and progress result. Do you have anything of WORTH to say on THAT?
If not, go cry a river to someone who will put up with it.