July 28th, 2014: Out and about in New York City
im gonna fuckin throw up
Okay, okay calm down, people.
While you are all losing your mind over ‘cultural appropriation” of an Indian dress, nobody actually consulted THE INDIANS.
In our country, if a foreigner wears an Indian saree, we actually appreciate it. It shows that the foreigner respects us enough to try our clothes. And the saree, mind you, is not a religious thing. Hindus can wear sarees, Muslims can wear sarees, Sikh’s can wear sarees, Jain’s can wear sarees and so on.
Like Americans have short dresses, compare that with sarees. Going to a party? Saree. Going to temple? Saree, and so on.
Some Indians wear it, some don’t. Some hate it and think its oppressing, some love embracing the unique style.
Point is, don’t hate on her for wearing this. Don’t hate on anyone for wearing sarees or any variations of sarees. We love to see others embracing our culture. Why do you think we open our gates to allow everyone to practice yoga and find spiritual meaning?
Culture is not meant to be kept within four walls, it should be spread.
I did not know this. That is really interesting to find out. Thanks for the information.
"Culture is not meant to be kept within four walls, it should be spread."
No. Just no. Nothing in this post is good or right. Fuck lady gaga for wearing this, fuck the native Desis who are co-signing this, fuck any desi or any POC who is okay with fucking letting whites get away with shit like this.
If you can’t hold white people accountable for their bullshit white assholery, then fuck you. Fuck you and fuck any solidarity you expect from us.
Just because some ignorant fuck desi is too uneducated and lazy to educate themselves on why this is harmful and marginalizing to already oppressed communities doesn’t mean you get to go scott-free for fuckshit like this.
These pictures were taken outside her home in NYC what the fuck are you taking about “In our country, if a foreigner wears an Indian saree, we actually appreciate it”. She is legitimately wearing this as a costume and has no regards to Indian customs. Also if someone ever justifies actions that are incredibly offensive to a marginalized group of people by appointing themselves as the voice of said group DON’T LISTEN TO THEM.
I have to agree, Susie. White folks are obsessed with looting the look and culture of other races because they've fallen out of touch with their own ethnic routes. The monolith of 'white people' has no culture, but countries and peoples do - and sadly, the very power they privilege from has left many of them hollow, spiritually and culturally. It's why they can't see why it's wrong to wear a headdress, because they're on the emotional level of a spoiled child. It's genuinely quite sad :/
It’s angering, saddening, and disrespectful.
So before I say this, I'm not white, I'm Indian, but I live in America. And I don't really see what's wrong with multiple races living in the same area using the same slang? Am I just not seeing the problem? Could you explain why it's bad?
That’s not a problem in itself, that’s cultural diffusion.
The problem comes into play when people who probably don’t live in that area use the vernacular to mock the people who use it.
people against cultural appropriation, more like people for cultural segregation
I know right? Because being against blatant disrespect and trivialization of a cultural tradition is supporting cultural segregation right? It’s not like the distinction between cultural sharing and diffusion and cultural appropriation has been repeated time and time again? Naw, disrespect is the only way to go right anon?
Please go back to your anti-sj/”real” social justice blogs/tia if you got nothing of value to contribute.
White ppl need. 2 stop
this is disgusting.
Can we just, An overpriced hipster store with the audacityto call itself Free People sell a variety of appropriation to whites so they can feel hip and trendy all taking place in a gentrified neighborhood near you
And those things look freaking horrible.
So, I'm wondering if you're taught belly dancing my someone who is from a area where belly dance is traditional, is that cultural appropriation?
It would be cultural sharing depending on which type of dance it is.
This is why non black people with ‘dreads’ or some sad attempt at locs piss black people off so much. Black people are normal people. Our hair is normal hair. Whether it is in locs, braids, twists, coils, an afro or any other style under the sun. This ‘othering’ of aspects of our beings, this way of making something that is natural to black people into something that can be ‘alternative’ or ‘cool’ for white people to try is especially tiresome when you remember that many of us have been discriminated against for having our hair in these styles.
I deliberately removed personal identifiers from this photo (it was publicly posted) because it’s not about this individual person. Do NOT send her hate mail. I’m glad she’s happy with her hair and that its healthy again. (forcing straight hair into styles that work best on kinky hair CAN be damaging!) I’m not fighting against her. I am fighting the mentality that white/straight hair = normal and black/kinky/loc’ed hair = other/abnormal. I want for us to not be told our natural hair is unprofessional, for our daughters to not have their hair cut by racist teachers in the middle of class, for natural hair styles to not be against the dress code in school. I want people to stop pretending that we aren’t under attack simply for being who we are. I want for loc’ed hair to not be ‘cool & alternative’ on a white woman’s head yet ‘unprofessional/unkempt/dirty’ on a black person’s.
a lot of ppl seem confused on what cultural appropriation is so lemme break it down
IT IS NOT: enjoying food from another culture, enjoying music from another culture, learning about another culture, or learning another language
IT IS: using another culture as a costume, wearing religious articles as accessories when you are not a follower of that religion, using a race as a mascot, disrespecting religious or cultural practices.