Cultural Appropriation

UNDERSTANDING CULTURAL APPROPRIATION

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What’s Wrong with Cultural Appropriation? These 9 Answers Reveal Its Harm
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.



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The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation
One of the reasons that cultural appropriation is a hard concept to grasp for so many is that Westerners are used to pressing their own culture onto others and taking what they want in return.

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This White Feminist Loved Her Dreadlocks – Here’s Why She Cut Them Off
To further my point, being a white grrrl with dreadlocks, as well as someone who wore clothing scrappily held together by safety pins, dental fIoss and band patches, I was still considered employable and trustworthy. Without any regard to personal qualifications, even with an incarceration record and no college education, I was often given responsibilities that put me in positions of authority over my co-workers of color.”

 

East Asian People Share How It Feels to See Yellowface
“Yellowface” is using makeup to make somebody look “East Asian.” It happened a lot in early Hollywood, but has it gone away?

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Here Are 5 Cultural Appropriating Outfits It’s Time to Retire for Good
“What’s the significance of the necklace you’re about to put on: Is it just jewelry or a set of prayer beads? Did the source community invite you to wear that traditional robe, perhaps via voluntary sale, and does the community still suffer from a history of exploitation, discrimination or oppression? And how similar is that designer adaptation to the original: a head-to-toe copy, or just a nod in the direction of silhouette or pattern?”

Posted on September 24, 2015 in Cultural Appropriation

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