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imo cultural appropriation is a bullshit non-issue that really doesn’t matter to anyone with real problems.
It’s not like it’s an anthropological concept studied at nearly every university on the planet with almost 100,000+ academic books and…
Knowledge =/= use, buddy.
You can have vast knowledge of other cultures without EVER needing to use the traditions of marginalized groups without consent (which is what appropriation actually is). Nice false equivalence.
Actually according to those same academic sources (in this case The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation book), it actually contributes to “discrimination, poverty and lack of opportunity”. If we look at what Borrowed Power: Essays on Cultural Appropriation has to say, it describes appropriation as a ‘strip mining’ :”Although this analogy might appear extreme, it accurately depicts a process in which the essential, social, aesthetic, and economic value of a form or instance of cultural innovation is fundamentally extracted and separated from the collective human host that cultivated it. And arguably this analogy exemplifies the more general manner in which people of color have given their lands, labor, culture, and much of their humanity to the enrichment of Western life.”
You forget that nothing works in isolation. Cultural appropriation is connected to issues of corruption (like the state-sanctioned appropriation that occurred at Chichen-Itza in Dec 2012 when the new baktun started over) and outdated educational systems (like the common use of dressing-up as other cultures particularly in US elementary school thanksgiving events as a one-dimensional and misleading way of introducing students to other culture’s histories).
But really do go on about how it’s such a ‘trivial’ issue.
eta: this is not even including that you obviously have never heard about the anthropological concept known as cultural patrimony. Members of a culture collectively own their cultural traditions (both tangible and intangible), ancestral human remains, historical artifacts and national/natural monuments. In many cases there are laws protecting this cultural patrimony and they range from the local to international level.
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