Cultural Appropriation By: Shayla Stevenson

What is Cultural Appropriation?

Cultural appropriation is the process by which cultures adopt customs and knowledge from other cultures and use them for their own benefit

“The line between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange are always going to be blurred.” Amandla Stenberg in her “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows Video.
"Don't just wear the culture engage with the culture on a deeper level." - The Atlantic

What I find to be acceptable in Cultural Appropriation😊

These examples of Cultural Appropriation are acceptable to me because the individuals wearing the clothing are giving credit to the culture they got it from and not just making it seem like it is their own.

Give credit to the culture that you are taking from and understand the significance of the idea that you are taking from the culture.
Instead of wearing a westernized version of this dress, Rihanna wore the actual dress itself from China.
“APPROPRIATION OCCURS WHEN A STYLE LEADS TO RACIST GENERALIZATIONS OR STEREOTYPES WHERE IT ORIGINATED BUT IS DEEMED AS HIGH FASHION, COOL OR FUNNY WHEN THE PRIVILEGED TAKE IT FOR THEMSELVES. APPROPRIATION OCCURS WHEN THE APPROPRIATOR IS NOT AWARE OF THE DEEP SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CULTURE THEY ARE PARTAKING IN.” AMANDLA STERNBERG

What I find to be unacceptable in Cultural Appropriation😒

These examples of Cultural Appropriation are unacceptable to me because they are taking on another persons culture without giving credit that is due to the culture and really understanding the deeper meaning.

Don't use artifacts that are important to the culture's background as an accessory for your outfit and then not give credit to the culture you took it from.
Teen Vogue interviews a white woman on a black hairstyle. Making it seem as though this hairstyle just came about with this white woman when black woman have been wearing the same hairstyle for years.
Rachel Dolezal's as a person. Saying that she was African-American when both of her parents were white. Moreover, she couldn't really understand the hardships of black culture because she isn't black and doesn't have to deal with the same things many people that are African American have to deal with.

Works Cited:

  1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/10-times-black-culture-was-appropriated-in-2015_us_566ee11de4b011b83a6bd660
  2. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/10/the-dos-and-donts-of-cultural-appropriation/411292/
  3. http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/04/honoring-culture-appropriation/
  4. https://prezi.com/wajwxptctsyx/ap-human-geography/
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