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Old March 17th, 2018, 09:45 AM   #1
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What is cultural appropriation and why is it offensive?

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Simply put, cultural appropriation is when someone adopts something from a culture that is not his or her own – a hairstyle, a piece of clothing, a manner of speaking, even a type of exercise (yoga, for example).

But, says the EverydayFeminism website, that's not the whole story. Unlike cultural exchange, in which there is a mutual interchange, appropriation refers to a "particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group."

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It's often fine to take on aspects of another culture, argues Quartz writer Jenni Avins, whether it's putting on espadrilles or making coffee with an Italian espresso machine. Simply getting ready in the morning is a "daily act of cultural appropriation and I'm not the least bit sorry about it", she says.

The problem arises when somebody takes something from another less dominant culture in a way that members of that culture find undesirable and offensive. The point is that the more marginalised group doesn't get a say, while their heritage is deployed by someone in a position of greater privilege – for fun or fashion, perhaps, and out of a place of ignorance rather than knowledge of that culture.

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Exactly.

The way American black music was never given credit for value until white performers exhibited it. Prime examples started with jazz, of course. Then rhythm and blues and rock and roll was considered "black only" music - until Elvis Presley did it. African music was considered primitive and of no value until Paul Simon appropriated it to make the album "Graceland." The list goes on and on.
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In my knowledge is really factor a Anti-White society as african American and too african stuff and religion Islam and terrorists IS but Christian are a white religion and wants keep fighting terrorism like african American President Obama in close eight of eight years President career at least terrorim will suffer those hating whites.
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Even Communists hating whites but this have U.S. fighting wars against as known.
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Exactly.

The way American black music was never given credit for value until white performers exhibited it. Prime examples started with jazz, of course. Then rhythm and blues and rock and roll was considered "black only" music - until Elvis Presley did it. African music was considered primitive and of no value until Paul Simon appropriated it to make the album "Graceland." The list goes on and on.
I don't know how to feel about this. I don't feel sympathy or support for the victims or victimizers. As a group, humans borrow from other peoples all the time. Whether said group is oppressed or admired, made no difference in this country at one time, or history in particular. Until now and not for the better.
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Like so many other things these days, this is, IMO another example of people creating something to be upset about, as if our politicians don't give us enough examples.

I read some brain-dead wannabe activist saying that if you aren't east asian, it is criminal for you to make chinese food. And that is a total load of crap.

Strippers wandering out on stage with a phoney feather headdress and moccasins however is distasteful and disrespectful to the indigenous peoples. Many don't know that those headdresses were only used for special, essentially religious ceremonies.

As with so many other things, context is everything.
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EverydayFeminism is a great website, and i highly recommend it to everyone here.

Cultural appropriation is a serious issue, and one that should be so easy to stop.
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EverydayFeminism is a great website, and i highly recommend it to everyone here.

Cultural appropriation is a serious issue, and one that should be so easy to stop.
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