When We Talk About Cultural Appropriation, We’re Missing The Point By Ijeoma Oluo


Similarly, cultural appropriation should be called out — each and every time, without hesitation or apology. But the list of people and systems that need to be called out should go broader and deeper. We need to call out our entire system, as well as our hearts and our minds. This is not as daunting as it may seem at first glance. Yes, it is a bit more work to address underlying systems than the brightly lit symptoms of that system. But fighting to change the history textbooks in your kid’s 7th grade social studies class to reflect the true and diverse history of our world will go further in rendering cultural appropriation a relic of the past. Instead of (or more accurately, in addition to) requesting a list of ways in which to not appropriate other cultures, concerned white people should be investigating ways to dismantle the very privilege that makes their appropriation of other cultures possible.



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