Apropriation

Do you know the meaning of cultural appropriation? This “allows for its very own brand of White Guilt™ that makes both white people and people of color satisfied when making sure the offending party is adequately shamed.” This can be seen when different types of celebrations for certain races are made fun of and not given the proper respect. For example the blog talks about Cinco de mayo and how there are mostly “college bros” who just get drunk and wear offensive hats. They use this day as an excuse to get drunk and party. This day is to celebrate when the Mexican Army defeated the French. Another way to see cultural appropriation is getting a tattoo. If you don’t come from that culture or are of that ethnicity can you still get a tattoo that doesn’t go with your background? Could this set off a-bomb and cause and uproar within that specific race? Would other people just see it as a “cool” tattoo or disrespectful? There are many things that people will do and have no idea what culture it belongs to. They possibly wouldn’t mean to cause any harm or disrespect, but it would be useful to know what meaning certain things have so they won’t cause an uproar.

http://beyoungandshutup.com/2014/08/27/stop-missing-the-point-on-cultural-appropriation/

 

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2 thoughts on “Apropriation

  1. I thought this idea of cultural appropriation was very interesting to read about. I have never really realized how much people in America use different cultural holidays such as Cinco de Mayo and St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse to spend all day partying and drinking without actually appreciating the cultural meaning of the holiday. It is degrading and disrespectful to the country to which that holiday originates and this needs to be addressed. Adopting other cultures’ ideas or traditions is a universal thing that is acceptable and encouraged if done in a respectful way. It is important to be educated on other cultures before adopting some of their holidays into our lives. For example, we don’t see other countries using the 4th of July as an excuse to party and drink all day because Americans would be highly offended by that. Don’t you think that Mexicans are offended that we use their day that they defended the French and gained independence as a day to party and take it as a joke?
    I think in order to improve this blog post, it’d be helpful to explain how holidays, such as Cinco de Mayo, are used to shape Mexican people’s identity through celebration with food, music, and dance. Whereas in America, a majority of people that “celebrate” it, aren’t using it as a way to shape their identity…to us it doesn’t have a significant meaning. Do we use this holiday to celebrate our identity? You could also talk about food and space and how their geography contributes to the food used in celebration and how it does not make sense for people in America to do that too. Also, how Mexicans use this food to celebrate and bring back the good memories of gaining independence.

  2. I thought this article was very interesting. This is definitely something I’ve seen a lot, the tendency for people to get angry and attack rather than actually explain why the act was wrong. While intent doesn’t really matter with respect to whether or not a person is hurt, and while validating the anger of marginalized groups is very important, it also is not very productive for people to yell at those who do appropriate culture without meaning to, because it can illicit a reactionary response and just lead to more yelling. I find that especially on the Internet, you can be more effective in getting a well-meaning person not to do something again if you can give them a calm, solid explanation of what they did and how it made you feel.

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