I was immediately taken back by the term cultural appropriation. It seems to be a negative term for cultural assimilation but in a pejorative context. Most of the articles I've read have used it as only applying to those who belonging to a dominant culture (i.e. white people). (ex: white people can't wear dreadlocks) Cultural appropriation just seems to be a fancy word that intellectualizes and justifies racism. My question, Is my gut feeling right here? Is the term itself racist by definition?
So...okay. My mom has been a Unitarian Universalist for forever, and although I don't usually attend, one of the things I always liked about that church is that they acknowledge and incorporate teachings and values from non-Christian religions, as long as it fits their basic theme of "love one another; help people; be just, etc." But then recently, I got to thinking and realized that it's mostly white hippie types at these churches. Is this type of thing appropriation?
I think there’s a lot of internal UU conversations going on about this, maybe check out the youth groups, or message boards? You might get into some good real talk and figure some shit out.
Hello, long time listener, first time caller. What is cultural appropriation in terms of home decor? I love Moroccan decor and wanted to use it in my house.I want to only buy fair-trade items direct from Moroccan artisans, and obviously I wouldn't use any religious items (like ceiling scrollwork or tiles which is the Muslim attempt at honoring the glory of Allah). I've googled but haven't found any information, would you please advise me? P.S. I think your blog is brilliant.
i mean like that shit if done by anyone who didn’t like grow up in a house with that decor comes off as mad trashy i think.
Would it be okay for a white person to wear a "mohawk" if they called it by a different name? Considering that it wasn't ever an actual hairstyle of the Iroquois people but rather an invention of Hollywood based very loosely on a different hairstyle of theirs.