Reverse Racism

Just a collection of trivial topics and events that some may perceive to be racist, racially discriminative, and/or biased towards those with privilege in the U.S.
Posts tagged "cultural appropriation"
Asker Anonymous Asks:
Is it ok for a white person to just enjoy the odd bit of jazz or blues music without an extensive knowledge of it history as long as they are aware that it is not the music of white folk
reverseracism reverseracism Said:

Enjoy it for what it is, support the musicians, but just keep that tidbit in mind if someone around you claims otherwise. 









"They rap but they don’t know what true rap is."

"They play rock, but they don’t know how to rock.”

"They’re funny when they don’t talk about being ___."

Always with the unnecessary commentary.

"The thrill of appropriation lies in accessing the perceived authenticity… Transfer to a white body elevates the action. It’s no longer primitive because while nonwhite culture is assumed to be rooted in instinct, white culture is one of intent… White people clamoring to up their cred by appropriating nonwhite culture do so hoping to be rewarded for choices that are falsely seen as inherent in people of color." —Ayesha Siddiqi

I’m sorry about this. Nobody who’s of one ethnicity should ever be allowed to enjoy things created by people of other ethnicities. Nobody who isn’t Asian is allowed to use paper any more. Nobody who is not Native American may eat corn or potatoes. You only get to do something if it was created by the ethnicity which you belong to, otherwise you’re just appropriating it and can’t possibly understand it.

i found the white kid

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
As a black person who isn't from Africa. Can I still wear traditional African clothing? Since my ancestors are from there?!
reverseracism reverseracism Said:

I cannot speak for every African, but as an African born in Zambia; I believe it is fine.

But head this warning:
- Don’t do this just for fashion. If you start to wear African tribal prints because you have decided to get in touch with “ancestors” learn about the culture each print came from. Study up on west Africa. Or whatever region you will be wearing your prints from. If your just doing it to look cute and hip, you may as well be a white girl wearing a bindi.


We are a continent with roughly 61 countries (with the debate of North and South Sudan and the western culture ludicrous attempt to count Egypt as a part of the Middle East) ; we have over 10,000 languages with 8,000 dialects. Remember Each COUNTRY, STATE, REGION, AND TRIBE has a culture within its own which can polar opposite another from the same area.

Every culture and subculture within Africa has a design style, whether it be in colors, patterns, appropriate/special occasion, or even material used.

In other words, you cannot start wearing African tribal prints and say it’s “African” meaning Africa as a whole. It’s good to learn the region the design is coming from.

Africa is arguably one of the richest (in resources) and most beautiful continents in the world.

Treat it with respect as you represent.

- Susie the Zambian
A Handy Guide to What Is and Isn’t Cultural Appropriation

What isn’t cultural appropration:

• Trying/eating/making a culture’s food 
• Listening to that culture’s music 
• Watching that culture’s movies 
• Reading that culture’s books 
• Appreciating that culture’s art 
• Wearing that culture’s clothing IF in a setting where that culture is prevalent and IF people are okay with it and/or it is necessary to fit in and not stand out weirdly (i.e. If you visit Pakistan, you can wear a shalwar kameez so you don’t stand out as an American tourist. Or if you visit a specific temple or religious setting, you may need to/want to adhere to specific dress forms. Or if you’re invited to a wedding and they allow/invite you to wear their cultural dress to participate in the festivities). 
• Using that culture’s dance/physical traditions in specific settings (i.e. taking belly-dancing classes, or going to an Indian wedding and trying to dance with them).

What is cultural appropriation:

• Wearing specific items of clothing that may (and probably do) have deeper meaning as a costume. Like on Halloween. 
• Wearing specific items of clothing to be trendy or fashionable. 
• Trying to imitate their natural beauty standards and possible makeup/markings (i.e dreadlocks and bindis and mehndi/henna). 
• Taking their rituals, old-as-hell traditions, and dances and turning them into cheap, tacky everyday garbage for you to have “fun” with (i.e. smoking sheesha. Y’all turned it into this janky nonsense that looks so trashy and stupid). 
• Taking spiritual/religious ideas and traditions and subscribing to them to be trendy or unique
• Trying to act like you’re an expert in their food, music, or art, and that you can do it BETTER than them 
• Basically trying to WEAR that culture’s skin, clothing, & beauty traditions as a costume/trend and turn old traditions into cheap garbage

And WHY is this wrong? Because, in our society, white people or non-POC can get away with wearing another culture’s clothes and identities and it will be “cute”, “indie”, “bohemian”, “trendy”, and “exotic.” BUT when a POC who actually belongs to that culture wears their own culture’s clothing, styles of beauty, or does things that are specific to their culture, they’re looked down upon, made fun of, sneered at, told to “Go home, get out of this country, we don’t do that here,” and laughed at. The few times I wore a shalwar kameez in public—and I’m Pakistani—people gave me weird looks, like I had a disease. And yet if a white person (or, heck, even a different POC, because POC don’t have the right to appropriate other cultures either) wears a shalwar kameez, people will call her exotic and cute. Seriously? Do you see a problem? I do. Want some proof? When Selena Gomez and Katy Perry use other cultures as costumes in their music videos and stuff, they were thought to be creative and fun. But when an Indian American woman with brown skin won Miss America, there was a huge racist backlash and people said, “We don’t look like that here, we don’t need a curry muncher here, get out of this country.” So I guess Indian culture is only okay if Selena Gomez is stealing it, right? But not if an actual Indian woman is displaying it? Another example: white people with dreadlocks are seen as “soft grunge” and “hippie”, but black people with dreadlocks are looked down upon and seen as dirty and lazy for having them, even though they know how to take care of their dreadlocks way better. 

Respect the fact that we are different. You don’t need to be culturally BLIND because that is just as ignorant. Trying to ignore cultures means you’re trying to erase peoples’ identities. You can appreciate/like/admire other cultures without trying to steal them, use them, cheapen them, and wear them as costumes. You weren’t born into it, so know your limits. And YES. There will ALWAYS be those people who say, “But my Chinese friends don’t care if ____!” and “I’m Mexican and I don’t care if people ____,” but they do not speak for all people of that culture and just because THEY don’t mind doesn’t mean other people don’t. Plenty of POC get harassed/taunted/degraded/fetishized over their own cultures WHILE people not of that culture are called “free-spirited”, “bohemian”, “quirky” and “trendy” for imitating the SAME culture—so yes, the people who oppose cultural appropriation do it based on actual microaggressions and bigotry they may have faced and it is NOT your job to try and convince then that they don’t have a right to their own culture or that the oppression against them should mean nothing.

Think about this. There are some women okay with sexism. Some POC okay with racist jokes. Some Jewish people don’t care about anti-Semitic jokes. And your friend might be one of these people. But suddenly that makes it okay for you to behave foolishly, immaturely, and ignorantly? 

Wise up. It’s 2014. There is no excuse to be ignorant.

And if you ever need to explain to someone what cultural appropriation is, show them this post (credit me if you post it elsewhere). It’s a good starter and I think it encompasses the basics of what cultural appropriation is and isn’t. 

I don’t hate any race of people, and it pains me to wake up to other young people being misled to believe I do. I am for unity and equality.

Iggy Azalea

Me chief, you Indian. I speak, you listen.” - Iggy Azalea

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Interesting how everyone want to be black when it comes to hip hop and partying and using the n-word. And no one want to be black when it comes to racial profiling, racist ass cops and being denied access to resources..

Jp Craig

I saw this as a comment on the article “B-STYLERS’ ARE JAPANESE TEENS WHO WANT TO BE BLACK” 

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Is it cultural appropriation if I'm not Latino and I listen to Spanish songs?
reverseracism reverseracism Said:

I don’t think it is. I mean, unless you’re using the music to make a mockery of a particular culture.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
is it bad for a white person to get piercings
reverseracism reverseracism Said:


Cultural appropriation would happen if the piercings were done in a way to imitate a closed cultural practice that relates to piercing. If that’s not the case then no. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Is tanning considered self hate or cultural appropriation? What about skin bleaching?
reverseracism reverseracism Said:

Skin bleaching, as I see it, is an illustration of self-hate. Tanning is depending….a trend, a risk, an addiction, sometimes can be self hate, I see B-style as cultural appropriation since it’s treating a person’s skin color as a trend, same with people using it to be exotic like a latin@. 

But I hate when the two are compared, one is influenced by white supremacy. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
*important* i know someone who is half guyanese and ecoudorian a small portion of her family is nindu and a huge portion of her family is catholic. she herself is catholic but she often wears bindis,tikkas,body dots around her eyes and i was wondering is that a form of culture appropriation?
reverseracism reverseracism Said:

If you ask and she says its for fashion or some other trivial reason that is misrepresenting then I’d say yeah it probably is.