What is it?
“It’s not a trend, it’s someone’s culture.”
Yes, Cultural Appropriation is a rough topic and yes, it is uncomfortable especially when you do not know what Cultural Appropriation is or why you were being offensive.
How can Cultural Appropriation be a topic everyone can discuss or at least be aware of ?
I decided I wanted to push at this uncomfortable topic and learn more about it. From here on out I will be doing a post on Cultural Appropriation once a week. It is my hopes to understand a little bit more about what cultural appropriation really is (rather than the short modified version), where the topic stands when you’re having/invited to a themed party, and to help teach and understand along with society the why or why not.
If you have any questions or want to share some of your own knowledge please post them in the comment section below.
So, lets jump to it, what is culture? What is appropriation? By no means the following definitions is what cultural appropriation exactly means. In order for myself to understand what this rough topic is I am going to start from the bottom and break everything down.
[Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online] noun. 1. The beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time 2.a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc. 3. A way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business)
[Merriam – Webster Dictionary Online] verb. 1. to get or save (money) for a specific use or purpose 2. To take or use (something) especially in a way that is illegal, unfair, etc.
I am thinking of this as a math problem, I have the sum, but I need the addition part.
Goal: What plus what gives me Cultural Appropriation
( ) + ( ) = My knowledge of Culture Appropriation
Confidence. Dream. Inspire.