Just as liberal African-Americans are seemingly immune from being racists, it is only the African-American culture that can be appropriated apparently.
Remember…, conservative African-Americans aren’t welcome in the liberal or “liberal Black” club though.
First, let’s see what cultural appropriation is defined as.
Cultural appropriation, at times also phrased cultural misappropriation, “is the adoption of elements of one culture by members of another culture.”
Your first impression might be, “so what?” or “that’s nice.”
I mean, haven’t we heard it said that, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?”
Well, I guess we need to add a caveat to that saying now, which would be, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, unless you’re a liberal or a liberal African-American.”
Here are some samples of liberal headlines addressing this “terrible” hijacking of the Black culture:
What is cultural appropriation and why is it offensive? – “The Week” website from the United Kingdom.
Why Cultural Appropriation Is Wrong – The “ThoughtCo” website.
Why cultural appropriation isn’t cool – reachout.com website.
A Point of View: Understanding the Harmful Impact of Cultural Appropriation – by Luiza Dreasher on the “Inclusion Solution” website who asks, “When Non-Black Minorities Adopt Black Style, Is It Still Appropriation?” …and answers, “The answer is simple: Absolutely.”
Bianca Lambert for the HuffPost (Huffington Post) website says, “We’ve seen a wealth of celebrities including Miley Cyrus and the Kardashians appropriating Black culture, plus countless fashion designers sending white models down their runways wearing ‘locs,’ braids and baby hairs. But what happens when we start to talk about Black appropriation among other minority communities?”
“Anyone can appropriate Black culture, including non-Black minorities, according to Keisha Brown, an associate professor of history at Tennessee State University.”
You know…, in America, Ms. Lambert and Ms. Brown, if you don’t patent something or copyright something you don’t own whatever that is and you don’t have the right to tell anyone else they can’t use it or copy it.
‘“So many facets of Black culture, both historically and contemporaneously, have become synonymous with mainstream American culture,’ Brown told HuffPost. ‘A related issue at hand is the separation of Black culture from the peoples and history that created it. People embrace the hip or popular elements of Black culture, but not Black Americans.’”
I guess it depends on what you consider “mainstream” American culture now doesn’t it, Ms. Brown? And that’s a two-way street by the way.
“It’s all too common for designers to walk white models down the runway in cornrows.”
How dare they?!
If you want to start crying about “cultural appropriation…,” then let’s cry about ALL “cultural appropriation.”
You hardly see any Black actresses or singers with “natural” hair anymore.
Let’s take a look at their cultural appropriation of “white girl’s hair.”
‘“Cultural appropriation is an issue because of the history of systematic destruction and exploitation of Black culture,’ Day said [Lindsey Day, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of CRWN Magazine]. ‘America turned free people into “niggers,” and to everyone’s surprise, we created new forms of beautiful expression out of that pain. Those cultural expressions have become America’s greatest cultural exports and engines to build white wealth.’”
Didn’t anyone ever let you know that “life ain’t fair?”
Well, just so you know, it isn’t.
“Nicole C. Jackson, a psychotherapist who specializes in cultural and systemic oppression among emerging adults, works with many young African-American women who struggle with embracing their beauty and identity.”
‘“We often find ourselves in the role of educating everyone, from our children’s teachers, doctors and co-workers about what it means to be us,’ Jackson said. ‘While our voices are essential to the conversation, it is not our responsibility alone to educate others about their injustice and appropriation.’”
Do you include in “your education” for us, about you, that you all feel that you are the only ones who experience injustice?
Do you include in “your education” for us, about you, that you all feel that you are the only ones who experience cultural appropriation?
Do you include in “your education” for us, about you, that you all feel that you are the only ones worthy of any consideration?
Do you include in “your education” for us, about you, that you all are some of the ones keeping racism and culturalism alive and well in our society?
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