8/20/15 Cultural Appropriation

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I heard a term the other day that was new to me.  It appears to have been around for a little while.

The term is “cultural appropriation.”  The meaning of the term — at least according to how I heard it used — is the adoption of elements of one culture by someone of another culture is offensive and, in some cases, racist.

Some critics of Rachel Dolezal — the white woman who passed herself off as black — claim she was guilty of cultural appropriation.

I became aware of the term regarding this beauty magazine.  The August issue of Allure has an article titled “You (Yes, You) Can Have an Afro.”

The article apparently is written for straight-haired, white women who’d like an Afro.

Apparently this is a racist no-no.  The Huffington Post — which shouldn’t be confused with a serious journalistic endeavor — published a column and a video explaining just how racist are Allure magazine, the article and even the article’s title.

I was taught about the great American melting pot when I was young.  That it’s a mix of various races, cultures and ethnicities that make-up Americans.  I still believe in the melting pot.

Others demand some notion of racial or cultural purity.  A position I find to be bigoted.

And the opinion that only black people can legitimately have an Afro?  Someone should tell that to American folk singer, Art Garfunkel.

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