Today - 10th April 2015 - is my 30th birthday (god bless my melanin!) so I’m proclaiming my Desi roots, my Indian heritage and my Hindu culture by reclaiming the bindi <3 Our culture & all its artefacts BELONG TO US - it is not there for WP & non-Desis to pillage and steal from in service of any crappy festival/boho/‘New Age’ trend, while the people it comes from are subjected to racialized slurs, rhetoric and violence. You’re a non-Desi who wants to wear a bindi, mehendi, sari, lehenga, nath or chaniya choli? Wait to be invited by someone from that culture first. THEN it’s cultural appreciation, not cultural appropriation.