I know I’m not the only one who does this but you know when you have this like boundary around you when you’re sitting at a table or a desk that only you are allowed to be in
And then someone or something that isn’t yours
gets in that space
and you just
Holy fuck finally someone who understands
Animation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Coonley Playhouse stained glass
I’d buy one. If I wasn’t poor.
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Cultural appropriation is a disturbing, segregationist policy, wrapped in a cute buzz phrase to be more palateable.
Now, what people will tell you that it is is “taking something important to someone else’s cultural identity and making it your own with blatant disregard for its history and…
Actually, cultural appropriation is a concept that’s been studied and researched by anthropologists for decades.
Cultural appropriation is the misrepresentation, decontextualization or exploitation of traditions from marginalized cultures by individuals in relatively privileged groups. It’s a concept from the social sciences, particularly anthropology, is researched quite extensively and specifically describes the involvement of a harmful/exploitative colonialist/imperialist/racist power imbalance. It reinforces stereotypes, Eurocentric beauty standards, racist colonial/imperial power dynamics, and in many cases can be a form of visual/symbolic dehumanization and is a step in committing genocide against a group of people.
“Two ways in which cultural appropriation can be harmful are easily identified. The first sort of harm is violation of a property right … The second sort of harm is an attack on the viability or identity of the cultures or their members.Appropriation that undermines a culture in these ways would certainly cause devastating and clearly wrongful harm to members of the culture … Other acts of appropriation potentially leave members of a culture exposed to discrimination, poverty and lack of opportunity.”
More importantly, appropriation IS NOT SHARING. Actual sharing is when people exchange things willingly, deciding to use the traditions of a group without their consent is not sharing, it’s feeling entitled, and stealing.
And actually, it’s appropriation itself that segregates and separates, not advocating against it. For one, the misconception you’re believing is spread by trolls and actual white supremacists in an attempt to discount appropriation as a concept, as is shown in this post here. Appropriation itself is a form of segregation because when people appropriate, they’re taking our traditions without wanting to actually be involved or interact with the people in the cultures in the first place, as this post explains so eloquently.
What keeps people divided is the exploitation, decontextualization and misrepresentation of their traditions, which reinforces hundreds-of-years-old power imbalances between privileged and marginalized groups, not advocating that people respect and honor marginalized cultures’ boundaries.
The sheer ridiculousness and insult of a statement like “starts to make it hard to view other people as fellow humans” when appropriation was used as a way of dehumanizing in order to commit genocide for CENTURIES is appalling and shocking.
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