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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What if everything about whites and blacks in America were the other way round? America is only 13% white. Whites were brought from Europe as slaves, later freed by President Tubman. Presidents are…

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Why there should be a White History Month | Abagond

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There should be a White History Month in America. That way we can teach all about the things White Americans have done in history, like:

  • Cherokee Trail of Tears
  • Japanese American internment
  • Philippine-American War
  • Jim Crow
  • The genocide of Native Americans
  • Transatlantic slave trade
  • The Middle Passage
  • The history of White American racism
  • Black Codes
  • Slave patrols
  • Ku Klux Klan
  • The War on Drugs
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
  • How white racism grew out of slavery and genocide
  • How whites still benefit from slavery and genocide
  • White anti-racism
  • The Southern strategy
  • The rape of black slave women

– MORE –

Glenn Robinson‘s insight:

Abagond’s list of historical events to study for European Heritage History Month. Also known as a list of what happens when European Americans believe that white people are superior.

And here are two questions students can answer during ‘White’ History Month:

What happened when racism confronted pluralism?

What continues to happen when racism confronts pluralism?

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June Jordan

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“She wrote the truth, she wrote what she saw with her eyes and felt in her heart. But they were not just in her heart: The things that were inside me that I did not know how to say, she knew how to say them and she did.

First they said I was too light
Then they said I was too dark
Then they said I was too different
Then they said I was too much the same
Then they said I was too young
Then they said I was too old
Then they said I was too interracial
Then they said I was too much a nationalist
Then they said I was too silly
Then they said I was too angry
Then they said I was too idealistic
Then they said I was too confusing altogether:
Make up your mind!
They said, Are you militant? Or sweet?
Are you vegetarian or meat?
Are you straight? Or are you gay?
And I said, Hey! It’s not about my mind.”

Glenn Robinson‘s insight:

When I was young I hung onto every critique I heard about myself. Luckily I’ve grown to not put too much weight on what people don’t like about me.

People tend to vent their personal frustrations onto other people :/

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If you like this blog you might also like… | Abagond

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“Books I like which deal with the same sort of issues as this blog, listed in order of publication:”

Glenn Robinson‘s insight:

An excellent reading list from Abagond!

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