cultural-appropration

The commodification of culture is ‘you can wear it, but I can’t’. 

Cultural appropriation is the same - ‘You can wear it, but I can’t!’ cries the white person as they drench themselves in henna, superglue a bindi to their forehead, and refuse to brush their hair for weeks on end.

Growing up, I was surrounded by white kids. They said I smelled dirty every time I got back from visiting my family, or when I went to school the morning after my mother had made a particularly strong curry. They complained to their parents, who complained to their teacher, who complained to my parents, who gently told me that I spilled rice on the table at lunch time. Thus the switch to white bread and red meat began - bleaching myself from the inside out. School meals fucking sucked. I was banned from using my tastebuds for years.

Every time I went to Delhi, I would leave with henna on my hands - my mother would take me to the market in a rickshaw and we’d sit there for half an hour while some stranger drew these beautiful things all over me, and I would watch him, fascinated, on a stool before me, his legs splayed out. We’d hand him a few coins and be on our way, and she’d stop for panipuri on the way home. I’d be careful not to wipe my hands on the rickshaw rail, careful not to wipe my hands on anything. I’d smell the traces of India on my clothes, and washing them the evening I got home would always be a little sad.

‘You can wear it, but I can’t.‘ 

Kids ran away from me at school like I was poison ivy. Convinced that I would give them a horrible disease, or if I didn’t, I probably smelled anyway so there was no reason to go within a thirty foot proximity of me. Their parents would encourage them - instating bans on ever ending up at my house when they saw my mother pick me up in the playground with a bindi on her forehead one day, when they heard my father’s strong accent. Like they’d have wanted to go to my house anyway.

'You can wear it, but I can’t.’

Funnily, I can’t wear it. I can’t wear the sari, the lengha or the bindi, even now, without someone looking me up and down with disgust. ‘Get out of our country’; ‘dothead’; ‘Paki’; ‘lousy immigrants, running our healthcare systems to lock us out’; it’s all the same to me. 

'But it’s cool to wear it at Coachella, right? At the party next week? I saw Madonna doing it, it’s completely in right now.’ And if I say no, I’m the bad guy, and it’s people like me that are keeping the stereotype of Indian people alive - they’re all freshies, they don’t belong here and they’re just, like, so intrusive. What’s with them taking all our jobs? Why is there one behind every corner shop counter and on every call centre line? Why are all the doctors in my local hospital brown, yet the receptionist is white? Seems like some kind of supremacy, right?

Thus the commodification of my culture continues. I watch crystal bindis being marked up to be sold in Forever21 and Topshop when I can buy them on the street in Delhi for a tenth of the cost. I see girls I knew in primary school plaster Friday night pictures of them in their bodycon dress and their bindi spot with a mixer in their hand all over my news feed, and I know that this is how it is -

'You can wear it, but I can’t.’

I have somehow been locked out of a culture that I want to be proud of; I am rejected as the fresh off the boat immigrant who’s going to give everyone a disease with their dirty hands. On me it’s dirt, worthy of a slur in my direction and an inside joke with the next white person you see - but on you, it’s chic. It’s cheerful and boho-indie-pastel-pale-cute.

You point with your left hand, and painstakingly apply your bindi spot with the right. Then you forget about it, because you can afford to, and adjust your sari in the mirror with both.

My words will be brushed off by white people when talking about issues like cultural appropriation because they have a say in what they can TAKE from my culture but I do not have a say in what I do and DO NOT want to SHARE.
—  Palenativeblr

The realest thing ever written. Its so sad that young Black girls are so obsessed with Kylie Jenner but her whole aesthetic is an appropriation of Black culture.
The Kardashian /Jenners make a fortune funneling appropriated urban culture to White America. Our youth don’t know any better so they dismiss the innovators and worship the imitators.

EDUCATE YOURSELF & your Children stop letting capitalism steal your creativity & then sell it back to you.

Y'all were mad when Miley was in this cultural appropriation shit but now Beyonce has it and i don't know how y'all are gonna handle it. I clearly am a Miley fan and also a Beyonce fan if you go to my blog  you’ll get it. And i knew what Miley did was wrong. But i didn't just scratch her out of my life when she did it. I didn't immediately hate her  guts. And i’m not gonna do the same with Beyonce. Their mistakes doesn't define them. The other side of Beyhive…. They won't be able to handle this without getting into conversations with themselves. They also love Gaga (just like i do) but her cultural appropriation didn't bother them as well. It’s not about Miley’s cultural appropriation anymore it’s just hating on her for no reason. Everyone does it but y'all only focus on Miley. Again, this is not right! NOT. AT. ALL. But then again, their mistakes doesn't define them. They are good people. I always say i forgive them (even Selena tbh i don't like her but i still forgive her) but this is not okay. Now i’m just gonna wait for rest of the Beyhive and other people to react to Beyonce’s video and these photos… If you deleted Miley you’re gonna have to do the same with Beyonce Ps: Don't do it tho.

SEE, LADY GAGA

OH, NICKI MINAJ

ALSO LANA DEL REY

THERE GOES SELENA GOMEZ

BRITNEY…

AND RIHANNA.

Poppin • on fleek • lit • shade • low key • fuckboi • twerking • the whip • the Nae Nae • Netflix and chill • it goes down in the DM’s • do it like me challenge • dabbing • hotline bling from Drake • work from Rihanna • Cornrows • Yeezy’s • stiletto and coffin shaped acrylic nails •
James wright & fucking Patty Labelle’s pie • mmmmOMG stop fuckin Lyin 🎶

the slang, catchphrases, the music the dances, the hairstyle , the fashion
……..All derived from #BLACKCULTURE

Appropration and chakras

So since I can’t find any info on this I’m going to ask the community at large. Is the concept or the word appropriation when it comes to chakras.
Like can I call them something else.
Energy spires, balls, cranks
If I need to eliminate them from my practice i will but I’d rather not. Balancing them have not only improved my witchcraft but my life over all, everything from my health to my anxiety. Like I even use them to ground and control my energy.
If I must forget them are there any techniques that are good balancing energy that doesn’t involve chakras.

Unpopular opinion.

The whole “cultural appropriation” debate…

It bothers me.

As someone involved in art and fashion, I will tell you that it is IMPOSSIBLE not to be inspired by other cultures, time periods, ect. I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think if we want to take something and recontextualize it into something beautiful, we should by all means.

I love fifties fashion. There was a lot of sexism in the 50’s. Does that mean I’m promoting sexism? No. Same goes for that if you wear a Native American headdress, you are not supporting the slaughter of innocent people.

Yeah, don’t forget the original meaning, but calling racism whenever you see someone wearing a headdress or a white person with dreads is only going to make you look stupid.

Understand the history, but remember things can take on new meanings and it’s not a bad thing all the time.

i’d like to formally apologize for calling white people’s dreadlocks “rat’s nests.”

rats spend a lot of time, effort, and care in keeping their nests clean and non-culturally approprative. white people with deadlocks don’t show a fraction of that level of care and i’m sorry for implying that they spend anywhere near the level of effort on their hair that rats do on their nests.

“kylie jenner buys mansion at age 17″ doesn’t impress me for a lot of reasons. if you wanna impress me, talk about how 16 year old amandla stenberg speaks like a race scholar or how 18 year old zendaya is becoming a fashion icon

It’s so sad and funny that people are blissfully unaware of how fucking pathetic and ugly they look wearing Bindis & Henna. It is so out of place looking on them it’s gross. It’s not yours, it never was. Look at you trying so hard to fit in and be something you’re not. You’re a mockery and we look down on you as fucking losers, those that appropriate out culture. Just so you know, not just India, but all of Asia ( which is a good 4 billion people) is laughing at what morons you are for the culture appropriating, culture stealing cunts you are. “fashion”? more like FUCK OFF 

Class and skin are closely intertwined; for what makes a white girl with a chin piercing, brightly dyed hair and arm tattoo alternative and a black woman with the same modifications ghetto, bar the colour of her skin?

oceano-child  asked:

I'm not asking you to feel, or think positively about her hair. What Im trying to bring to the surface that you point out time after time that what she is doing is negative not because of her race but because she is specifically a white female. I know that dreads are perceived differently on white people as they are on black people. I am also in no way standing up for her choice of hairstyle. I am instead standing against the ease at which her femininity was used against her in your judgements.

“I’m not asking you to feel, or think positively about her hair.”

From your original ask: “Your statement about the how the woman was nasty and unwashed in no way offers anything positive and instead seeks to perpetuate the shamming of women.”

Let me make something clear for you - I am decidedly pro-women. I am a feminist. I am an ally. As an ally, I strive to support the best as I can, and occasionally am problematic.

I acknowledge this. However, what you need to understand is that in this situation, I was responding to a white woman. Therefore I referred to her as such and used the pronouns associated with white women. Please don’t tone police me. Despite your backtrack, you initially wanted me to “find something positive” about her hair. 

Let the record show that I would say the exact same thing about a white male, but (as I stated earlier) my initial response was directed towards a white woman. At no point did I offer value judgements towards her femininity or imply that she was less of a woman because of her hair. Let’s recap things I actually said, and not the ideas and values you’ve projected on to them. These are the only times I used the phrase “woman” or “her” or “she”: 

Me: This nasty, unwashed young woman who feels the need to rebel against something (probably a shower) is sitting up proclaiming to the world that she has locs?

Yes, I said nasty and unwashed because guess what? My mama taught me that if you don’t bathe or wash your hair when it is dirty (and her hair is clearly in need of some attention) that you are unwashed. You are dirty. Once again - no value judgement on her femininity, but certainly one on her personal hygiene. 

Me: Women like this are DIRECTLY affecting my life in that almost everyone I encounter has a friend or a cousin who is her and has given an entire LEGION of people a bad rap.

Now, in hindsight, I probably could have said men and women. But as I said earlier, I was responding to a woman, and thus focused on that. I would say the exact same things, in the exact same manner about a white man with hair in such disarray. 

I also touched on this in relation to black women not being able to wear their hair the way it grows out of their scalps in society, yet this woman is able to walk around looking dirty and gets cookies for it. 

But congratulations for continuing not to see the forest for the trees.

When cultural appropriation goes too far:

“Talking Heads’ Remain in Light is blatant cultural appropriation! How dare a privileged white rock ensemble steal the sounds of African music.”

“How dare white people wear snapbacks, tracksuits, Adidas shoes and Public Enemy t-shirts! That’s cultural appropriation of black culture!”

* “How dare black people decide to listen to hardcore punk rock, wear skinny jeans and Converse shoes, and start skateboarding. That’s cultural appropriation of white culture!”

“How dare Korean pop artists make music heavily indebted to the black music of the late 1980s/early-mid 1990s involving slow jams, Timbalandesque vibes and incorporate rapping into their songs! That’s black culture!”

** “How dare POC speak in English! That’s appropriation of privileged white Western/European culture!”

* It always fascinates that very little is said about how basically rock and roll is a major culprit of so-called “cultural appropriation” (although I wouldn’t call it that): all rock music traces its roots back to the blues, a genre almost exclusively made by black people. Do I even need to mention Elvis? Funny how I, as a black person who listens to a wealth of alternative rock, am always asked why I listen to “white music”; I always always always bring up the example of Jimi Hendrix (black musician playing “white” rock music, or at least, that’s what many believe). I’m also a big fan of the Beasties Boys who are always targeted for being white guys stepping into a black genre - despite the fact that they are well-respected by some of their black hip-hop peers, and they really know their hip-hop.

** or, to go one further, “POC shouldn’t speak English; they will only continue to oppress themselves, they need to speak their own native tongues to feel real freedom and escape from the privileged status quo.”

Basically, the point here was to show how ludicrous accusations of so-called “cultural appropriation” can be (see: twerking), and how not only does it descend into uncomfortably amusing self-parody but also precludes other races from exploring different cultures often attributed to a specific race. Also, the term “cultural appropriation” is used excessively, so much so that I’m afraid people don’t even know what normal “appropriation” is or what it’s defined as in the dictionary.

There’s a movie called Gods of Egypt is coming out in 2016. Here’s the cast:

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus (White)
  • Gerard Butler as Set (White)
  • Brenton Thwaites as Bek (White)
  • Geoffrey Rush as Ra (White)
  • Elodie Yung as Hathor (Mixed: Asian/White)
  • Chadwick Boseman as Thoth (Black)
  • The rest of credited supporting cast also white save for Ya Ya Deng (Black)

and I’m just like

How are you gonna make a move that screams BLACK (or very brown at least) GODS and only have like, 2 black/brown people in it? Hollywood, do you even try?

It’s gonna be even WORSE if most of the extras in the film are black/brown! We all know how fucked up that will look/feel and Hollywood will be like, “Oh, look at all these black/brown people worshiping white gods. That’s right. That’s okay to put out into the world. Yeah, go Hollywood. *high-fives self*”

Seriously, this is ridiculous. White Hollywood must be stopped at all costs.