September 21, 2015

WATCH: Cultural appropriation isn't racist -- Let's call it "cultural appreciation" instead

Lauren SouthernArchive

I love Halloween, but not the inevitable whining about "cultural appropriation" when someone dares to wear an "offensive" ethnic costume.

I admit that in some instances, an individual dressing up as someone from another race has been genuinely offensive.

But much more often, a non-Japanese person wearing a kimono or a non-Native wearing a headdress are doing so because they love that culture and want to celebrate it. Other times, it's to make a humourous or satirical point.

(And you'll notice that it's never called "cultural appropriation" when you wear a Viking costume, a kilt or other traditional "white" garb...)

Those opposed to "cultural appropriation" don't realize they are actually advocating a form of segregation.

And it's paternalistic, too: So often, these critics are white people yelling at other whites on behalf of another ethnic group!


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commented 2015-11-27 03:53:53 -0500
Reading about that university banning free yoga made me come back to this video.
commented 2015-09-28 18:29:07 -0400
Ian Kluge – I agree with your comments. They used to say that if someone copied you, then it was a compliment and an honour! As a girl, living in northern Manitoba, dressing as a native was one of my go to costumes. We had burlap sacks, cut out as primitive dresses, and we used cocoa paste to colour ourselves. We had a blast, and now they want to tarnish this too. For being a multicultural country, there sure are a lot of whiners around, trying to ruin old fashioned fun!
commented 2015-09-26 15:39:41 -0400
Not all Muslim women wear head coverings or “Sharia Masks.”(face coverings) It is Fundamentalists who proselytize� “Radical Islam” through their clothing, to promote their� totalitarian fanaticism.
POLITICIANS WHO MASQUERADE IN MUSLIM HEADGEAR TO GET VOTES are catering to Fundamentalists. Their actions reinforce and perpetrate the oppression of Muslim women.
commented 2015-09-25 21:36:04 -0400
Maybe we should stop having vacations too. Wouldn`t that be the ultimate form of cultural appropriation and racism. Now I see how wrong those Hawaiians were. They practically force tourists to wear grass skirts. Evil bastards!
commented 2015-09-23 14:45:23 -0400
One other thought on cultural appropriation. Have you ever noticed that the vast majority of those COMPLAINING about cultural appropriation are not actually FROM that culture? For example, if someone complains about Lauren wearing a kimono, it is almost certainly going to be a “white” professor (or disciple of that professor) denouncing the cultural appropriation, NOT an actual Japanese person.

By the same token, the vast majority of those denouncing the owner of the Washington football team for using the name Redskins are not actually Indians themselves. In fact, I’m not aware of any real Indians who have objected. Even if they have, I have no reason to believe that they speak for all or most Indians.

I am STRONGLY inclined to ignore the denunciations of any third party who is merely taking offense ON BEHALF OF some other group. If the Japanese or the Indians or any other identifiable group have an actual objection, that’s fine, let’s hear from you. But for those who take offense on their behalf WITHOUT EVEN ASKING THEM FIRST would make me a very happy camper if they just kept their yaps shut.
commented 2015-09-23 14:37:34 -0400
If the Left really means it when they object to cultural appropriation, I hope they’re the ones who tell blacks they can’t play professional sports any more. After all, I doubt (American) football or basketball were ever played in Africa: they’ve been expropriated by blacks. I suppose it also means that non-blacks can never buy rap, hiphop or jazz recordings or see concerts of that music since they are so closely identified with blacks. I’ll bet Drake and his peers will be very pleased when they no longer sell music to those nasty non-black cultural appropriators; I’m sure the loss of income will be more than offset by their satisfaction in stopping the loss of their culture.

I wonder if we have to deny medical care to non-whites? After all, the vast majority of breakthroughs in medicine for the last couple of centuries were devised by white people. Doesn’t that make medical care a part of white culture and therefore something that others shouldn’t appropriate?

I believe the origin of the number zero is disputed – some say it was invented by Muslims, others by Hindus – but there is apparently no dispute that it wasn’t created by whites or Western culture in general. I suppose those of us who live in the West are going to have to give up zero then too, right?

And so on, ad absurdum, although the notion of cultural appropriation is already pretty absurd to start with.
commented 2015-09-23 03:06:25 -0400
“Segregate through offense”, that’s well said.
commented 2015-09-23 03:04:12 -0400
Great comment, Lauren.
commented 2015-09-23 02:56:25 -0400
Linda and Maurice, I thought the same thing :)
commented 2015-09-23 01:59:53 -0400
So the Lefty’s believe in multi-culturalism, but if one engages in it – they’re racist? Lefty’s are the perpetually aggrieved. They’re psychotic (seriously!!)
commented 2015-09-22 19:02:41 -0400
Cultures don’t own anything – they are not individuals or institutions with patents or copyrights – so the claim of cultural ‘appropriation’ is legally ridiculous and untenable. What any culture has created is the property of humankind as a whole and is free for anyone to use. Nor is there anything immoral in cultural ‘appropriation’ simply because nothing is being stolen since it didn’t belong to any person or institution. Besides, how can you steal something that can be endlessly replicated without damaging anyone? Cultural ‘appropriation’ is only the latest piece of non-sense from de-colonialist school of thought and its pursuit of identity politics. That’s a dangerous strategy. The the Nazis also pursued identity politics and openly rejected cultural appropriation of non-German, specifically Jewish but also Western cultural goods. The Communists did the same – except their identity politics was based on class. Well, here’s the last word on identity politics: underneath all our superficial national, racial, political orcultural identities we are all human beings – and that is the only identity that counts.
commented 2015-09-22 13:27:58 -0400
Good article and strikingly truthful!
And I really liked the comments’ from these two individuals in the article! That is so true!
Peter A. Toth and Justin Lewis hit the nail right on the head. Divided masses cannot work together and are therefore unable to resist a smaller, united and more organized group.
commented 2015-09-22 13:19:35 -0400
Judges say that Muslims can wear burkhas at citizenship ceremonies but college cheerleaders can’t dress up as “cowboys & indians” at party. Political correctness is utter nonsense. Children who dress up as Vikings at Halloween are not in training to raid, loot and plunder the Monastery at Landisfarne.
commented 2015-09-22 10:49:45 -0400
By and large people all over the world, regardless of culture, just want to work hard so they live out their lives in peace and maybe enjoy some of lifes small pleasures along the way – in thatregard I believe we borrow from each other those esthetic cultural things which make living easier or more pleasant or enlighten our experience. I really see no natural conflict with peoples or cultures except those injected/enflamed by the sociopathic class – who always gravitate to politics/power/leadership.
commented 2015-09-22 10:47:04 -0400
Does this mean that when my 2 yr old watches Ten Little Indian’s on YouTube I don’t have to have a guilt complex?
commented 2015-09-22 08:31:42 -0400
“every culture has stolen from each other.” Usually it’s the result of trade. Those who did not trade with others because of isolation, harsh topography, or cultural separation reasons have historically been the cultures that lose out in the long run. Our civilization is based on the idea that ideas can and should be combined in as many ways as possible. The Discovery magazine feature (and sometimes TV show) “Connections” showed how bits and pieces of many discoveries in many fields all came together to produce something that’s commonplace in our current society. Imagine how dull food would be if no trading of spices were allowed.

Cultural appropriation rules mean no trading is allowed, no mixing of ideas is allowed, and ultimately no progress is allowed. Am I allowed to call those who would practice it “Luddites”, or would that be too English of me?
commented 2015-09-22 07:45:36 -0400
Peter A. Toth hit the nail right on the head. Divided masses cannot work together and are therefore unable to resist a smaller, united and more organized group.
commented 2015-09-22 05:46:44 -0400
Funny that only white Liberals seem to have this problem with culture sensitivity. I call this reverse racism or White Liberal guilt. Just the same as a white radio commentator was upset that in a our country white is predominantly white, that there is jot enough Muslims, Orientals, Indians ect,ect . In our federal government that reflects the makeup of our country. He wants us to encourage these other races to to become politicians! Just pathetic in every aspect. We vote for the best candidate not because of their skin colour but because we think the are the best candidate period!
commented 2015-09-22 04:10:13 -0400
Pochahontas is considered a slap in the face to the natives because of how Disney misrepresented the story. Or in the case of Mulan, for treating the characters like caricatures.
commented 2015-09-21 23:05:25 -0400
In order to conquer, you must first divide. That is the modus operandi of the left, and they have been at it for quite some time now. This extends to all things in our society, and that includes this phony “cultural appropriation” garbage. The more the left can divide people into little offended and protected groups, the better their chances of gaining or retaining power.
commented 2015-09-21 22:37:21 -0400
I saw a black fellow celebrate the holiday by going to bars dressed as a Klansman, with gloves to hide his hands. It really freaked out his best friend, who was also black, and the head bouncer of one of the bars. The guy almost got tossed, violently, when he lifted the hood to show who it really was. Blew everyone away. But – don’t get me wrong, I agree with Lauren here – what of those who wear military uniforms, when they didn’t earn them? Could they just say they are wearing them out of respect or whatever? My gut says anyone who does that should be made to stand in the corner for a while, but if one applies the logic Lauren argues for here… Are there laws regarding such? Would they apply to foreign armed forces? What if, say, I wanted to go as a Hell’s Angel this year, to a couple of “those” kinds of bars? Could I argue this while getting my skeleton re-arranged?
commented 2015-09-21 19:58:56 -0400
Glenn wrote:

“The political correctors are every bit as overbearing as the religious police in ISIS held lands or the student cultural vigilantes in Mao’s China….”

That about sums it up.
commented 2015-09-21 19:32:05 -0400
Hallowed eve or Halloween as described by pagans, offends my sensibilities completely but I protest in silence by ignoring it altogether.
commented 2015-09-21 18:42:04 -0400
Those who are offended need to grow up. Period. They’ve no spine, little/no skin. No respect.
“I’m offended.” I, I, I… never a concern for others. They’re selfish children, and, perhaps, need to be treated as such.
(Does anybody know how to put society in a “time out” corner…?)

As far as Halloween goes, why don’t we give the police and militaryconniptions and palpitations by showing support for the ahem! downtrodden Palestinians? We can all wear keffiyahs, carry Airsoft Kalishnikovs, and chant “Death to the Great Satan!” Some of us can support Israel by using our Airsoft Uzis to take out these “Palestinians”… Hey, it’s all in support of the Middle East, no? (Anybody know where I can get some wash-off Triad tattoos?)
commented 2015-09-21 18:38:13 -0400
I see that Mr. Brinkman is neither Charlie Hedbo nor Richard Brinkman. He renounces the philosophies of both!!!
commented 2015-09-21 18:36:02 -0400
One of the ultimate cultural appropriations is that great Cree Nation dish, bannock. Sort of reminds one of an unleavened Scots bap, because that is what bannock is, from the fur traders, who were Scot, when they weren’t French. Goes along with the great First Nation names of Flett, McKenzie, Campbell. However, never dare to suggest that bannock, the word is even Scottish, is anything other than a Cree dish.

I also wonder where I fit in this cultural appropriation thing being a Canadian Mongrel: British Isles, Huguenot, German and even rez Mohawk: with Jewish nephews.
commented 2015-09-21 16:05:08 -0400
Neither, Linda Cayer. You’re a member of the KKK. I’m very offended. (just kidding)
commented 2015-09-21 15:31:27 -0400
It’s an old-fashioned military battle tradition that when one army defeats another it’s customary for the victorious army to take away something that they fancy from the defeated army. For example, the bearskins that we can see being worn by the Governor General’s Foot Guards (and others) in Ottawa are considered by some to be historically rooted in the British military, but in fact originally belonged to Napoleon’s Imperial Guard (until they were defeated at the battle of Waterloo.

Anyway, just wanted to share with everyone that when our western civilization wins the War on Terror we can all wear our keffiyehs, hijabs and niqabs, and wear them with pride.
commented 2015-09-21 15:18:47 -0400
We live in ridiculous times. I wonder if it will ever turn around. Maybe this generations offspring, or maybe theirs?
commented 2015-09-21 15:05:07 -0400
You are the master of the truth young one. LOL