I really really hate how tumblr has to make everything about race. I see so many posts where people automatically assume this person is being hated on because of their race. There’s one that’s been going around recently showing how TV shows are supposedly imitating black men when they talk. Like what the fuck? If you want racism to not exist stop fucking calling everything racist when it’s not about race.
Cultural Appropriation goes into this, and this one annoys me even more. As a white person I cannot do anything if a white person did not invent it or else I’m appropriating someone’s culture. Dream catchers? Appropriating Native American culture. Dreadlocks? Appropriating Jamaican culture (I believe they first invented it, not sure). Houndstooth Scarves? Appropriating the Palestinian keffiyeh.
Now I’m not bitching because I’m a white person who wants to do all these things. I just think it’s so fucking dumb that I’m racist and culturally appropriating them if I do any of the above.
And yet, if someone from their culture comes to America or Europe, we call it Westernization. We don’t say they’re appropriating American or European culture. So what the fuck is up with that?
I understand taking kimonos, hijabs, etc, and sexualizing them as people such as Lady Gaga have done. I understand why people are against that. But why is it so fucking wrong for someone not a part of that culture to wear these things otherwise?
It’s a double standard. A white person can’t do it, but a POC can and we call it Westernization. People should be able to wear whatever they want. No one is destroying a culture by wearing it. They’re just uneducated because society has made things such as Keffiyeh’s mainstream and you wouldn’t think that they came from a certain culture unless you knew something about it.
Then there’s also the fact people eat foods from different cultures or speak the languages and no one has a problem with that. It seems to me like people, especially those on tumblr, like to find anything to bitch about. If you choose to reblog this with some sort of attempt at social justice, do me a favor. Make sure you are from a culture that gets appropriated. I don’t want to see any white social justice bloggers thinking they know everything because that’s mostly what I see on here.
If you’re going to try to tell me I’m wrong, at least know some shit about the culture besides what you’ve fucking read on tumblr.