Just when I thought that our cultural interactions couldn’t get any sillier, WHAM, here we go again.
Now, the Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) have manufactured another issue to get upset, bitch, and whine about (it’s their single most endearing quality). It’s called, “cultural appropriation,” and it involves members of one culture adopting elements of another culture. The practice is practically unavoidable when members of different cultures are thrown together as we are today in an effort to increase diversity.
We’re bombarded constantly with the pressure to diversify. We have Affirmative Action plans and laws enacted to force us to diversify; businesses and social groups are made to diversify or suffer penalties. We’re told that we all benefit when we’re exposed to others who may be different than we are and we’re exhorted to embrace diversity and welcome the experience.
If we’re encouraged (even forced) to diversify which automatically brings with it an expected assimilation, how can the SJWs then argue that one culture is stealing another culture’s elements when elements of one group “rub off” on another?
Normally, when we’re part of a diverse mix of cultures, some appropriation of facets of other cultures is inevitable, and usually isn’t viewed as anything worrisome. In fact, remember the old saying that, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”?
Cultural appropriation isn’t new; it’s been practiced throughout history, only recently has the term been subverted by the SJWs to castigate people from one culture who’ve used art, music, fashion, and language from other cultures in totally innocent and positive ways.
As is usual for the SJWs, it’s not a genuine point of contention; it’s simply one more facet of American life that they’re trying to modify to their more socialist perspective.
As a seasoned citizen, I can remember my younger years when a white person wouldn’t have been caught dead wearing clothes that were popular with blacks or talking or singing in a black “style,” but it’s common today.
In fact, I defy anyone to argue that it hasn’t been profitable for blacks. Many of our young do their best to “act” black by incorporating black talk and black style in their dress and mannerisms. To many white young, blacks are seen as “cool.”
A widespread acceptance of black music (even gangsta rap) and mannerisms has opened new venues for black artists and they’ve made substantial inroads in movies and commercials. Blacks, as a group, have benefitted from an “appropriation” of their culture by whites.
The United States has always cherished its “melting pot” principle of blending diverse peoples into one America through assimilation and thus the “out of many, one” motto.
What would the SJWs have us do, prevent the usage (however innocent) of one culture’s elements by another? Would that mean that only Chinese could operate Chinese restaurants? Would they shut down all Mexican restaurants unless the ownership and management were all of Mexican heritage? And God forbid that Miguel Garcia opens a soul food café.
That is the very definition of ludicrous; especially in America, where we celebrate a “melting pot” of cultures.
I’d encourage the SJWs to find another issue to get all bent out of shape about, something more serious, like curing jock itch or toenail fungus.