Are they really that important?
America has always been known as a melting pot. If one goes to major cities like NYC and LA, they’ll find people from almost every corner of the earth. In a place so diverse, it seems almost wrong for certain races and cultures to stake their claim over something as simple as a hairstyle or article of clothing.
Cultural appropriation doesn’t seem like a big problem, and it shouldn’t be. In fact, the only issue that arises from it is letting minorities police and harass the majority. Minorities have the right to fight for their rights, but as soon as majority races explore their cultures, it is as though the world has come to an end.
In the defense of white people, how else are they supposed to understand a culture without trying out parts of it? For example, people like Kendall Jenner should be allowed to occasionally wear a hijab, because then maybe people like her would understand what it’s like to be a Muslim woman in society. Maybe letting others take part of someone’s culture will finally allow them to understand what us minorities go through. After all, we’ll never know if we never try.
To add to this, cultural appropriation never seems to exist if the person isn’t white. For example, when minority people, such as Beyonce dressing up in South Asian style clothing, it isn’t a big problem. Therefore, why should the term and the problems that come with it even exist? People should be allowed to wear whatever they want, even if it’s without understanding. It’s their choice, and if we’re not going to stop all types of people from taking parts other cultures for their own benefit, then why stop anyone at all? At the end of the day, at least that culture was semi-acknowledged.
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