does anyone find these useful apart from me

anonymous asked:

im white and i love different cultures. i love using henna, and i love using bindis. why is that so bad? i would never hurt anyone from ur culture or anything like that, i just want to be a part of it. why dont you want to share ur culture? i would share mine, its just im from norway and neither me or many others find norway very cultural. i just want to be apart of the world, not just ''my'' culture. why does it have to be ''yours'' or ''mine'' or ''their'' culture? cant we share?

No we can’t share because to you my culture is just a bindi and some pretty clothes. To you my culture is just something to take the shiny, fun parts from. When you want to ‘share’ my culture - I don’t get anything in return except racial oppression. When you wear my clothes, my bindi, you are fashionable, cultured, hipster, beautiful. When I wear the same things I am called racial slurs, told to go back to where I came from, face social ostracism. You don’t have to deal with misogyny and shadism that is a part of my culture - you don’t have to be shamed for the color of your skin or the way you were born. You don’t have to keep your head up even when your own family shuns you for things you can’t change. You just want the appealing parts of my culture but you’d never take the struggles we go through. That’s why you can’t wear a bindi - because you don’t have to right to decontextualize and misuse my culture just because 'you don’t have one’ while I am harassed and sent death threats for protecting what belongs to me.