1) What is Cultural appropriation?
Cultural appropriation is the taking on elements of other cultures and removing these elements from their original cultural context and ending up assigning different meanings and significance to them… that is to say you twist a cultural aspect that does not…
Let’s first begin by defining that Racism is “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others." - Dictionary.com
Its a shame that so many people have had to see this article and be pressured morally to agree with it without much understanding its implications. This is one of the most anger-fueled, prejudiced, and pretentious articles I’ve read in a while. The article implies the idea that if a culture came up with it first, it’s exclusive only to that culture. I guess I better stop making dream catchers because I’m white. I should also throw out my Santoku knife, chop sticks, and stop studying foreign languages. I guess I can’t eat Shawarmas anymore— Darn, I really loved those. All non-white people should stop using technology that white people made— and only black people can eat peanut butter.
Now doesn’t a lot of that sound strongly ignorant? It should as it was meant to. These are just several of the implications the article writer probably didn’t think to consider.
To first comment, the use of “white girl” was highly inappropriate and racist (racist, adj. - a person with a prejudiced belief that one race is superior to others.), as well as a lot of other ones such as PoC— we are all colorful peoples and beautiful, yes, even those white people. All of these points make sense, yet the writer lacks the spiritual realization of Ego, Pride (Pretentious over Culture), Divine Union, and the Collective Consciousness. I could argue many of these points but would it be received? If someone wants to appreciate something cultural or partake in something, let them. This is a free world with free people. Even those “white girls” are culturally expected to participate by covering themselves in some Middle Eastern places to respect their culture. So here you find an instance where a culture has demonized outsiders.
Culture has always been man’s way of dividing each other up and separating each other from the truth of Divine Collective. Human beings have adorned their bodies with clothes, jewels, and paints in homage of gods and divine reality— yet so many of us have caked our souls and masked our true identities within. It’s Ego.
Culture is wonderful and beautiful when it’s not bitter, angry, selfish, and exclusive to race such as this article is advocating. No spiritual person outside of ego chooses to conform the beautiful soul to Image, Appearance, Identity, or Culture. It is an insult to all beautiful souls to make culture a club where only a specific race or people can participate. I personally don’t find burkas and caste systems to be beautiful— in fact the culture behind them is hideous and embarrassing. It locks the soul away. Culture is not ascribed solely to those of the skin color— that would be racism and prejudice— something this article is aiming to end.
Cultural Appropriation isn’t a joyous phenomenon, but it’s not out of disrespect, it’s out of ignorant innocence. Its out of celebration and self-expression. In a world where we are all just souls living mere human lives where many of us have lived thousands of lives in different skins, roles, clothes, and cultures. We are all one collective— anyone who disagrees with this unity has a lot of soul growth to achieve. This article just seems bashful and hateful at this point.
Culture, religion, language, country, and race has always been a way for us to keep ourselves separated— it has only further encouraged its own stereotypes within themselves that outsiders are unworthy, unlike them, and far too different to accept. These are insults of the soul. I personally enjoy the sharing of culture. Believe it or not, Diversity aims to celebrate, educate, and embrace Culture, Language, Race, etc. I will do so without it being called cultural appropriation— it’s called the expression of human kind. We are all one species, my dears— any part of human history is my history also, and as a fellow human, I have a right to know about what my other brothers and sisters are doing. You are all my family on this planet. It is my goal in this lifetime to teach Unity, Collective, Togetherness, Diversity, Self-Expression, Joy, Love, Compassion, and Utopia. This article only further encourages the identity of ego— nothing more.
People who get offended over the use or misuse of aspects of a culture they grew up in are only expressing ego, pride, anger, and hatred— three terrible emotions to participate in. There is misinformation and malpractice everywhere in terms of historical accuracy and culture. Some people are ignorant and uneducated— this means it’s not their fault— they are innocent. If you want to educate people on the correct history of culture, then do so, but leave the ego, the hate, and the anger behind you. Those who make culture an exclusive club or say no one can join in are only appropriating their own culture— reserving it for only themselves. This is childish— you have either a) done it first or b) always have so therefore c) no one can participate because it offends you and all your people. Well, one must consider who or what large body of people they speak for. No one is an ambassador.
I would like to quote another commentor on this post. They are in no way affiliated with me, but they have published this, so I’m going to put it out there on what they said.
I’d like to add that many Native Americans would be a lot poorer if they weren’t able to sell traditional Native American jewelry to outsiders. The Native American jewelers that I know design pieces specifically for the tourist market. They only use designs that are significant to the tribe on pieces that are given, traded, or sold to other tribal members. To clarify, a lot of Native American jewelers leave off the signs and symbols that really are sacred when they make tourist jewelry. They need to sell jewelry to tourists to survive.
That’s why it’s horrible when people shame whites for wanting to buy Native American products in the first place—-you can’t eat pride, your kids can’t wear pride, and you can’t fill your gas tank with pride. Priorities, y’all. Let Native Americans decide for themselves what’s sacred and what’s appropriate to sell to white people. Don’t steal their agency and damage their self-determination by damaging their businesses.
Panictherat had this to say,
If I decide to utilize part of another culture as part of my identity, that doesn’t make it wrong.
Cultures shift and change over time, becoming more complex even if people aren’t able to readily see it.
Subcultures are the new cultures, because geographical and geopolitical boundaries are mattering less and less. And borrowing from different ones is becoming more and more important as a means of identity.
I guess this boils down to: I’ll live my life how I see fit, thank you and if you don’t like it, I suggest a walled-off, homogenized community of your own.
May divine love be reached by all suffering in those who choose it. May the suffering end in those who are not strong enough. May all souls be recognized rather feuding identities. May all people come together in love and unity— it is the wish of Divine Creator.