cultural appropriation

Cultural appropriation is when you take something from another culture over the objections of that culture. It is cultural theft. It is especially common when racists borrow “cool stuff” from cultures whose people they look down on.

It is that thing where if Black people do something
, like twerking or wearing cornrows, it is looked down on as “ghetto” or “hood” or “unprofessional”, but when White people do the very same thing, it is suddenly admired as “cool” or “edgy” or “epic”.


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Thank you Abagond! You have given me the vocabulary I have been looking for! Many people don’t understand the difference between appropriating in a mocking way vs. partaking and assimilating in a respectful way.

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