Anonymous said: cultural appropriation promotes segregation and is racist.
There’s a difference between cultural diffusion and cultural appropriation. Actions do not exist in a vacuum they exist within particular historical and social contexts. Examples of people who culturally appropriate : Lady Gaga, Iggy Azalea, sometimes Nicki Minaj
Examples of people who respectfully incorporate elements of other cultures: Jay-Z, Will Smith, Shakira
Ignoring the real world impact of people’s actions leads to the perpetuation of existing prejudices.
Someone wearing a bindi because it is “exotic” contributes to the otherization of South Asian women. Someone wearing a bindi when attending an Indian or hindu cultural event is NOT appropriation.
Appropriation is dependent on context and social impact.
Buying crafts from Native American communities and supporting them and wearing said crafts is DIFFERENT from buying a fake headdress and supporting an industry that exploits the cultural genocide of native americans and contributes to their caricaturization.
I even explain scenarios involving myself how context impacts cultural apprpriation. Many of my posts on the subject differentiate between the two.
The reason that a difference needs to be made between to two is because understanding the social and historical context is not only useful but NECESSARY in reducing the negative impact that they have on people. Someone not-white wearing jeans and straightening their hair is not appropriation because white people are not discriminated against for wearing those things.
Cultural appropriation is a problem when
a) There is an unjust power dynamic that disadvantages the minority and prevents them from partaking in their own culture. This is dependent on context (ex wearing a bindi to an indian cultural event or wedding is not appropriation, but wearing a bundi to coachella to look *~~*exotic*~~* certainly is, since the exotification of south asain women contribute to a society that otherizes them and excludes them from society.
b) It caricaturizes that group (particularly when that caricature reinforces existing stereotypes that currently oppress that group)
c) the above two are made worse when someone not from the group in question commercially profits from the commodification of the cultural artifact
I feel like anyone with a sense of human empathy can agree that the above is hurtful to other human beings. If you honestly cannot think of a way to participate in a cultural artifact without doing the above then that is really really sad. Shakira can figure it out SO CAN YOU.
Being aware of existing prejudices in society and not contributing to them through symbolic appropriation is the opposite of racist so idk what your claim is. My family is multicultural (in that there are a lot of white people) and everyone here knows how to participate in eachother’s culture without being appropriative. It is not segregationist. It turns out that when you actually respect other cultures and their humanity you don’t feel the need to partake in their artifacts in situations where the people who are from the culture that actually practices it would feel discouraged from doing so.
Also wtf is it with people feeling the need to be anon when disagreeing. I only have anon turned on so that people who actually have things they want to share about their private personal experiences can feel free to do so - not so that cowards can be held unaccountable for their opinions. Get off of anon or get off my blog.
Edit: I honestly can’t tell original asker was saying that cultural appropriation itself is bad and racist (which I would agree with) or if they were saying that calling out cultural appropriation was segregationist and racist (which is what i disagree with and responed to) and I apologize if it was in fact the former? Then again, I can’t know since this person was ANON. Please do not send me anon asks unless you have a REALLY good reason because it makes dialogue literally impossible.