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Cultural Appropriation

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Laura Becerril

on 23 October 2017

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Transcript of Cultural Appropriation

Cultural Appropriation
What is Cultural Appropriation
Is the adoption of the elements of one culture by members of another culture.
A deeper understanding of cultural appropriation also refers to a particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group.
Why is this a problem?
But marginalized groups don’t have the power to decide if they’d prefer to stick with their customs or try on the dominant culture’s traditions just for fun.
When violence systematically targets a group of people through genocide, slavery, or colonization, the resulting trauma lasts through generations.
It Lets People Show Love for the Culture, But Remain Prejudiced Against Its People
It Makes Things ‘Cool’ for White People – But ‘Too Ethnic’ for People of Color
Examples of cultural appropriation:
What's the problem?
It Lets Privileged People Profit from Oppressed People’s Labor
For many people, barriers like classism, racism, and xenophobia mean they don’t have the right look, language, or position of privilege to earn income with their culturally specific tools – and yet oftentimes, white people can turn those same culturally specific tools into profit, thereby hurting the community they’re borrowing from.
It Spreads Mass Lies About Marginalized Cultures
It Perpetuates Racist Stereotypes
It Prioritizes the Feelings of Privileged People Over Justice for Marginalized People
Culture Appreciation
"You have to be very careful. Some things are really sacred and important to other cultures, so you have to be aware, politically, about those things before you just adopt them.” - Zendaya
experiencing and learning about a culture
Make sure to always check your privilege and prioritise respect of a culture over that costume you’re itching to post a selfie in.
Cultural wear is more than a costume, more than a fashion accessory and more than ‘expressing yourself’.
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