cultural-apropriation

Lana del Rey continues her rampant disrespect toward latinx. Specifically Colombians in her song Florida Kilos as yayo is a slang term for cocaine. Although she claims to feel some “love” and “appreciation” for latinx culture she continues to prove herself as a racist by fetishizing us, appropriating the language, chola imagery/style and even her name. 

Also, outside of racism and apropriation her romanticism of drugs and drug culture is disgusting and harmful. 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!!!!::::::::: CAN WHITE PEOPLE STOP TELLING OTHER WHITE PEOPLE (AND PEOPLE IN THOSE CULTURES THEMSELVES) WHEN OTHER CULTURES (THAT YOU DONT BELONG TO!!!!) ARE BEING OPPRESSED!!!! SPEAKING FOR OTHERS IS JUST AS BAD!!!! ITS PROBABLY WORSE!!!!!! JUST STOP!!!!!!! YOU ARE NOT A HERO BY STANDING UP FOR THESE CULTURES!!!!!! THEY DONT NEED WHITE PEOPLE TO SAVE THEM!!!!!! THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!!!

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A few nights ago, Macklemore gave an extensive interview with Hot 97. In it, he spoke about being a successful white rapper in a historically black genre. He spoke at length about what he said was white privilege and how it afforded him certain opportunities that aren’t always extended to black rappers. I strongly recommend that you watch it- all of it – I find it really touches some great points on the subject. I am also adding a few excerpts from the Complex article “We need to stop talking about Iggy Azaelia” that sum up its most important points in my opinion.

“We need to stop talking about Iggy Azalea. (…) We don’t need to stop talking about her because she’s white. But we need to stop talking about her because her whiteness has granted her a privileged position in a conversation about race that we’ve been having all year, and in all that talking, we’ve learned nothing and changed nothing.

 And now, as the year closes, we are still talking about her when she shouldn’t be the story at all; when talking about her comes at the expense of Azealia Banks, and what Azealia Banks has to say about the music industry and the world we live in is way more important that anything Iggy Azalea has ever said.

Despite releasing her long-delayed debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, to significant critical acclaim, Azealia Banks is likely better known for her caustic and combative social media presence, which has seen her exercise no amount of chill. (…) Yet, in a recent interview with New York’s Hot 97, she was able to soften the corners of her argument with a tone and level of humanity missing from her online outbursts. Even through Ebro’s unnecessary interjections and condescension while trying to prove to be the smartest person in the room; even though Peter Rosenberg played the informed everyman while trying to make it all about him, Azealia Banks refused to be a black girl lost in the shuffle. She refused to be who we all thought she was. And she had the nerve to talk about the kinds of macro observations of the industry that are akin to bringing up abortion rights over holiday dinner with the in-laws. More insightful than inciteful, she was all over the place, touching on industry politics and revenue streams (she’s happy to be independent and deal with her fans directly via the Internet forevermore), media conspiracy theories and race (“We have Eric Garner, Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin, and y’all fucking talking about Bill Cosby, like, what the fuck?”), the classification of hip-hop and the swagger-jacking of black culture—even bringing up reparations.(…)

“There are huge corporations that are still caking off that slave money,” she said. At this point, she broke down. Her voice cracked. She choked. There were tears, and she could barely finish her next thought: “At the very fucking least, y’all owe me the right to my fucking identity and to not exploit that shit,” Banks demanded. “That’s all that we’re holding on to—hip-hop and rap.”



If her identity as a black, non-heteronormative woman isn’t the intellectual fulcrum of her worldview, the interview proves that it’s her emotional one. Many of her strongest statements sprang from this center: “It’s like a cultural smudging, is what I see,” she said when discussing the Grammys. “And when they give these Grammys out, all it says to white kids is like, ‘Oh, yeah—you’re great, you’re amazing, you can do whatever you put your mind to.’ And it says to black kids: ‘You don’t have shit. You don’t own shit—not even the shit you created for yourself.’”



It’s not a surprise that this part of the argument has been glossed over by just about every non-black outlet speaking on the interview—because that’s how white supremacy works. White supremacy is not always hidden under white hoods, advertised via Aryan tattoos or announced with a skinned head. Those things are definitely white supremacist signifiers, but equating them to white supremacy (…) misses the point that white supremacy at its core—even at its most benevolent—is simply about putting the white experience front and center.

A discussion where Azealia Banks literally cried that everything she had has been taken from her, that the only thing she has is what she creates—even that very conversation is taken from her and given to the white woman. (…)




Put her in the pop category. Put her with Katy Perry, put her and Miley Cyrus in the same fucking box together. Don’t put her in hip-hop. Just because she’s not singing does not mean it’s rap music. —Azealia Banks

(…) Azealia Banks wasn’t making things up. For some time now, the trend has been for white women to culturally appropriate via black-leaning visuals and code words in order to jumpstart an album into the pop sphere. This initial campaign is almost always followed by abdication of any allegiance to black culture, loudly echoed by a muteness on black issues. Azealia Banks said she was tired of it. Unfortunately, she said this in the year of Iggy; it’s the year where we learned everything and nothing. Hopefully, next year we’ll learn to stop talking about Iggy Azalea and start talking about Azealia Banks. Because, even though we should always talk about poseurs in the public sphere, we should never, ever be talking about the imitator at the expense of the original.”

Asking for Tumblr's Permission...Why? Don't do That (Cultural Appropriation)

I was scrolling through the Cultural Appropriation tag and I noticed a few post about people doing basically this:

Hey Tumblr, I want to ask you, is it ok for me to do X thing, am I appropriating your culture by doing this?

Like why? Why do you do that? I get that you’re trying to be respectful and kind, but you’re comming here, a place where a big chunk of its users are whining bitches who have little to no understanding of how the world works and you’re asking those people for permissionas if they are the maximum figures of authority in this matter?

I propose something better, go to Wikipedia or another source of information of your trust, research what you’re trying to do (For this case let’s say, wearing a dirndl for a party), look for its history, it’s meaning, the situations where it is used, learn everything you can about them, and then after reading, make the judgement yourself if it is correct to wear it.

DONE.

As long as you understand the cultural meaning and the significance of something, you have every right to use it no matter your race or nationality, you know why? Because you actually understand its meaning and you’re smart enough to know when you can use it, how you can use it, when NOT to use it and how NOT to use it.

Research it and come to the conclusion yourself, you be the one who decides what to do with your life, don’t give that power to Tumblr special snowflakes, they don’t know what they are bitching about, they just want to bitch because its easy, they are bored and they want to feel special for defending their culture according to their extremely narrow and simplistic perspective of the world.

Special Snowflakes of Tumblr DON’T EVEN HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN LIVES, and yet you’re comming here and ask them to control yours? Don’t do that people.

Reasearch YOURSELF and decide YOURSELF.

Why has Tumblr started seriously calling middle easterns and people from that descent, "brown people"?

Like, it’s gross and inaccurate. The skin colors in the middle east area differ soooo much, and honestly, there’s no cultural consistency between all these people, they aren’t a collective group. What are you even trying to express with this term?
I know it’s too late to change it, but honestly, it just makes no sense outside of jokes.

anonymous asked:

whats your take on "cultural appropriation"? this might sound ridiculous to some but I absolutely hate being white, I got spit on the street for walking barefoot, and got yelled at for meditating under a tree, because apparently those things are being "culturally inappropriate?" I feel like we're all humans and while I understand that replicating a culture to "look cool" or to make fun of it is unacceptable, I feel like I should be able to pursuit my spiritual side without being hated on ?

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Okay, maybe bornabitch-allthedaysandnights blocked me

My post won’t go through. But for those of you reading, let me post it again:

Wikipedia has actually become a much more reliable source since its creation, particularly when it comes to simple lists like the one I provided. In any case, believe it or disbelieve it, it doesn’t make much of a difference to me. Clearly you’re not going to change your mind, although I hope some people who read this that are on the fence see the truth of the matter.

Let me give you an example of cultural apropriation. Cultural apropriation is taking a Buddhist symbol, flipping it around, sticking it on a flag on a blood red field and making it the international symbol of hatred and bigotry until the end of forseeable time; see: The Nazi Party. Cultural apropriation is not when one studies the culture and decides that it would make a better fit for them than their current one, learns the ways, practices said ways, and then wishes to express their respect for the culture using a modern form of expression such as a tattoo.

For instance, I am a very patriotic Croatian woman. An American friend of mine is in love with the Croatian World Series team, and so he got the Croatian flag tattooed upon his arm. However, I know for a fact he knows what sort of symbol our flag is for Croatians. We earned the right to our sovereign flag in the Homeland Wars. The flag is a symbol for those fallen men and women who died when we broke from Yugoslavia. Yet, because my American friend acknowledges the weight of the burden he carries upon his arm, it is acceptable for him to share in our culture. This is not cultural apropriation. Also, I was like you once, when I first moved to the US five years ago. I believed America to be full of bigotry and ignorance. People would make fun of my accent and all that, but I realised that underneath, they were curious. They wanted to adapt. Where other countries would shun you for your difference, the people of the US love adaptation. So many Americans were so curious about Croatia, a country that many people have never even heard of. And so I taught them, and both of us grew from it.

How about instead of demeaning people who want to be part of something new, educate them. Instead of using harsh words, use kind ones. Your attitude will get you nowhere. And if you don’t listen to this, so be it. I believe that would make you the willfully ignorant one.