Every second, a video is being uploaded on YouTube. One particular video has caught the attention of Tumblr pages and social commentary blogs for its subject matter. I’m referring to the ” SFSU 2016 – Campus employee assaults white student for “cultural appropriation” video uploaded by Nicholas Silvera.
This controversial exchange captured on camera has renewed the debate regarding ‘cultural appropriation’, an academic term usurped by SJW liberal bloggers to hint at ‘discrimination’ where none is found. In the video, the Black student (not campus employee) berates the White student for his dreadlocks by accusing him of cultural appropriation.
The concept of cultural appropriation is based on the notion that only a certain group of people have a monopoly on a cultural artifact. However, styles of clothing, recipes, music pieces, dance routines, and various forms of art have been exchanged between a wide array of ethnic communities for eons.
No one called ‘cultural appropriation’ when the monks of Shaolin Temple adopted the martial arts techniques of Bodhidharma, a guru from Southern India. Nor did anyone made the claim of ‘microaggression’ when Chinese noodles were used in Italian cooking. These were just two of countless instances of cultural exchange.
It should be noted that dreadlocks are not a property of Black American culture. The e Egyptian use of the hairstyle was mentioned in the video. However, dreadlocks were notable among the ancient Greeks, the Celts, and the Vikings. They are also quite popular among sadhus wandering throughout the Indian subcontinent. Even Jack Sparrow sported his own dashing dreadlocks!
There is a page on Tumblr called ‘youarenotdesi’, hosted by a group of 17-year-old Indian-American girls with too much time on their hands. While I appreciated some of their posts expressing solidarity with disenfranchised communities in India, I cannot help but be disturbed by their obsessive preoccupation with ‘cultural appropriation’. According to them, a sari-clad White woman donning a bindi on her forehead is a display of bigotry towards South Asians!!
I’m of South Asian descent yet I don’t have a molecule of rage with any non-Desi person wearing Indian attire, practicing Yoga or even worshiping a Hindu deity. Of course, I’m a religiously unaffiliated, half-coconut (Coconut: white inside, brown outside) who has no emotional attachment towards that puke-hole which is, supposedly, my ‘motherland’. However, even if I had an ounce of Indian patriotic pride, I would remain completely apathetic with regards to a White person doing anything Indianish.
I like Chinese food. I like Iranian movies. I like Anime. I’m not Chinese, Iranian, nor Japanese but that shouldn’t hinder me from indulging in my cherished pastimes.
The world is becoming more globalized. We are evolving into cultural mongrels. Nothing should prevent us from enjoying anything from another culture, even if that culture is associated with a historically-oppressed ethnic community. Displaying an appreciation for Black culture is not a assertion of White supremacy!
White people should be able to wear dreadlocks. Black people should be able to wear weaves. Vietnamese people should be able to wear kilts. Swedes should be able to wear a kimono.
Everyone should be able to wear any piece clothing, listen to any type of music, and eat any type of dish. People should be able to live without being bombarded with accusations of microaggression.