as a woman of color, let me tell you: it is very possible to admire / respect another culture without having to resort to being “part” of it (as in: CULTURAL APPROPRIATION, like dressing in their ethnic clothes or stealing a part of their culture and applying it to your lifestyle like it’s some trend) … listen, I am a fervent admirer of cultures of Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, but you don’t see me trying to be “part” of their communities. You will NEVER see me trying to rip off their cultures. i am not some racist gora bitch wannabe. i have my own culture to be proud of. i have my own community to be part of. i belong to many different communities (deaf, south asian, indian, muslim, feminist, punk rocker, riot grrl, woman of colour, etc… )
i am proud to be Indian, Desi, South Asian, Muslim, and Asian. India, Pakistan, Indo-Islam, Hinduism, Bollywood, South India, the Devanagari script, Urdu language, Pakistani serial magazines, all play very huge influential factors in my writings, videos, beliefs, aesthetics, and lifestyle. why? because that’s my culture, i grew up in it, and i know what i’ve seen and come to understand.
i don’t need to “show off” to the world that i admire/respect other cultures by dressing in their clothes or stealing their art, music, aesthetics and putting it in my works. no… fuck that. i know how it feels to have my own culture being ripped apart and disrespected and being turned into a pop trend. i refuse to disrespect other communities and their cultures. i will not stoop down to the level of filthy white hipsters and treat cultures like it’s some interchangeable trend (one of my biggest pet peeves is when silly white bitches cannot tell the difference between Indian and Arab/Middle Eastern classical/tribal dances and clothes, yet claim to be admirers of these cultures!)
instead of stealing other cultures and ripping them off, rather i am interested in learning about other cultures and their respective histories, promoting their artists and writers, and showing my support for their communities as women of colour, as fellow human beings.
and most importantly of all, i like to listen to their stories without trying to insert myself in it (as so many gora logom are guilty of doing so) …