December 10, 2019

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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A Personal Account On Vaping -

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Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Running into the 2019 season -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Cultural Appropriation

What is cultural appropriation? Cultural appropriation is “one culture taking parts from another culture.” When someone dresses up as a Native American for Halloween or wears bindis and henna because it’s ‘trendy’ – that is cultural appropriation.

Costumes like this one are rude and tasteless due to cultural appropriation

Costumes like this one are rude and tasteless due to cultural appropriation

Hipsters run around wearing American Indian war bonnets and headdresses, but it’s rude, ignorant, and disrespectful. The bonnet is highly spiritual to American Indians and it could take a person their whole life just to receive three eagle feathers on it. So, when “cool” kids run around wearing headdresses like it is no big deal, it takes away the meaning behind it. Remember this is someone’s culture, not a costume.

When European settlers came to the Americas, they slaughtered and westernized the Native Americans. The Europeans, also known as white people, tried to remove every trace of their culture left. Now hundreds of years later ancestors of those settlers who worked to destroy the Native American’s culture prance around wearing mass-produced headdresses and ponchos. American Indians, who now by the way only make up two percent of the U.S.A’s population, work hard on preserving what’s left of their culture just so some ignorant, white teenage girl can walk around with moccasins and a war bonnet to appear ‘unique’ and ‘different.’

Celebrities are the biggest offenders of cultural appropriation. One major example is Miley Cyrus in her “We Can’t Stop” music video. The disturbing video uses African American peoples like props. They are not seen as people in the video, they’re seen as accessories for visual pleasure. Furthermore, the song lyrics are quite questionable. Cyrus herself said she wanted the song and video to have a “black sound” and no better way to do that than sing about twerking and drug use.

Many people have their heads in the clouds and are unaware that what they’re doing is wrong. They are oblivious to the fact that their “harmless costume” is actually oppressive and offensive. Try to remember it’s hard for someone to take pride in his or her culture when it is constantly being mimicked and fetishized.

In conclusion don’t wear or use someone’s culture as a costume, especially if it’s one your ancestors worked to destroy. If you aren’t part of the culture that generated to your clothing and accessories, then you probably shouldn’t wear them.

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