As I was adding my commentary to Jazz Shaw’s excellent piece on Cultural Appropriation (also published today), I stopped to consider whether the black population had “appropriated” elements of other societies as well.
According to their activist loudmouths who are berating whites at every opportunity, white folks have “stolen” just about everything that makes up an ordinary white citizen. And, we have stolen much of that from People of Color (POC) as they like to be called nowadays.
I know that they’ve identified slang, speech mannerisms, hairstyles, clothing and how items are worn as things that we evil white people have stolen appropriated from black folks. I wondered … how does one establish ownership of slang, speech mannerisms, hairstyles, etc.?
Had those things been copyrighted or patented by an unknown black POC?
That wonderment led me to Google several variations of “black inventors.” I figured that a patent or copyright would identify the true “ownership” of an item. It would be a way to objectively identify who legally owned the item at issue. I found some and their inventions were sheer genius. My hat’s off to them. As far as I know, no one ever said that there weren’t some very intelligent black persons, nor had we intimidated that no useful products were ever invented by a black person.
On the contrary, until it became an issue that the black racist activists were crucifying whites over, I had never even considered the concept of “cultural appropriation” as worthy of serious consideration – and frankly, I still don’t.
Nevertheless, as an intellectual exercise, I identified a number of black inventors who actually held patents on worthwhile inventions. You can quickly identify a few dozen who are apparently the most famous inventors or the products that had the most impact on America’s daily life. Those were products that were patented and incorporated into the commerce of the day and, in most cases, bought and paid for. Those items simply don’t qualify as something that is “appropriated.”
So, what does? And how does the “owner” claim the “copyright”?
Even though I don’t have hard facts to support the allegation, I readily admit that young whites, specifically high school and college age whites, have “appropriated” a number of black elements. And I, for one, don’t like what they’ve appropriated.
Rap “music” (though it can hardly be called “music”) has been embraced by our young people. Slang and mannerisms have been copied as well and even hair styles, clothing and how it’s worn have been appropriated from blacks. I’ve even seen young people flashing signs, a practice formerly limited to gangs.
But that’s not all. It’s becoming apparent that our young white people, especially students, are mimicking other black elements and unfortunately not ones that engender pride. On the contrary, they’re doing it by mimicking the ugliest elements of black culture by protesting, rioting, and refusing to learn how to read, write, and speak intelligently.
Some have appropriated attitudes of belligerence and disdain for law and order displayed by so many activist blacks and it shows.
Just look to the recent spate of disruptive activities at a number of our universities. We can watch the black activists obviously influencing their white counterparts which result in the whites “acting like blacks.” It’s a pejorative when blacks accuse another black of “acting white,” but apparently blacks don’t take offense when a white student acts like them if it furthers their cause and swells the size of the rioting mob.
Peaceful protests are one thing, but many of the recent occasions ended up as violent riots accompanied by angry demands; activities hardly appropriate in colleges and universities. In each of the most recent cases, the mobs (and they can truly be called “mobs”) are led by racist black activists and we see white students following along as lackeys.
Evergreen College is a prime example of “cultural appropriation” that most people will be vehemently against. When you watch the videos and see the language used, the rhetorical structure, even the one example of a young black woman who obviously couldn’t even read words written on a piece of paper without help. We see evidence of how some blacks define education and most parents don’t want their college students acting like that and unable to effectively speak, read and/or write past a 5th-grade level – as evidenced by the Evergreen videos.
Those videos display actual examples of what white students are “learning” by appropriation from blacks.
No reasonably intelligent person (of any race) should aspire to mimic the actions we saw at Evergreen College, and I’ll bet that black parents agree.