Culture appropriation comes in many different forms, but many people are familiar with examples such as twerking, sun tanning and hair styles such as box braids. However, there are other examples that I never thought of until speaking with members from BBF. One member stated that in college when a young person of color states what their major is, people will question them on why they are taking the major and state that they are very smart. Why is it that young people of color have to be super smart to take up a certain major? We are normal people to, so why question us. This is culture appropriation because culture is using stereotypes to categorize someone as less smart because of how they look.
But let me take a step back to the twerking situation. When I was younger, twerking was called shaking your butt or popping your butt, it never was twerking. Within the culture of people of color, these dance moves were common, but those outside the culture stated them as inappropriate. However, once Miley Cryus “twerked” in her video it became acceptable and it was seen to be something new. But mind you we have been doing this for how long? Oh okay. As Nickji Minaj stated, “Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.’’ You can’t take what belongs to us, and not take the time to know how we are doing. We are human beings just as much as you are.I want people to understand that it is okay to use or to part take in a culture that you don’t come from, but the problem arises when you take credit for something that doesn’t belong to you. Also the porblem is when society praises another culture for being the “creators” of something that has been created by another culture. Don’t bash the culture that has created, but then praise the other culture for what they “created”. That’s the problem.
A way for us to take control of our culture we have to learn how to embrace our cultures. It is very obvious that those who are not people of color get the better end of the stick, but if we allow negativity into our way, we will never take pride in who we are. Always claim what is YOURS. No matter if we like it or not, someone is always going to steal our culture. We know where our culture comes from, so they will never have the upper hand on that. We have to come to a realization that we will never get back what they have taken until we have established why they took it in the first place.They can copy us as much as they want to, but trust me they will never do it better.
Contiune to flaunt what you have because you are the ish!