Richard McCulloch Reductionism and extremism both try to keep things simple. Reductionism attempts to reduce the complex to the simple, both in matters of type, kind or form, and causality. Where there are many types or forms, differing in both minor and major degrees, reductionism -- unable or unwilling to make distinctions -- claims there is only one type or form.
Everyday Feminism So, you just walked into a Halloween party. Read on for some perspective on why people might get upset if you borrow from another culture.
A deeper understanding of cultural appropriation also refers to a particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group.
Some say, for instance, that non-Western people who wear jeans and Indigenous people who speak English are taking from dominant cultures, too. In other words, context matters. And that makes sense.
When violence systematically targets a group of people through genocide, slavery, or colonization, the resulting trauma lasts through generations. We should be ashamed of this time in our history — and we should be working to heal the damage from it.
But instead, the NFL and other sports teams insist on celebrating the genocide of a people for fun and profit. In the San Francisco Bay Area, I witness people taking what they like without wanting to associate with where it came from all the time. So is every non-Mexican who enjoys a good burrito guilty of cultural appropriation?
That would include me and nearly everyone I know. As a Black woman, there are many jobs that would bar me if I wore cornrows, dreadlocks, or an afro — some of the most natural ways to keep up my hair.
So for me, wearing my hair naturally is a meaningful declaration that I believe in my natural beauty. When Black women have to fight for acceptance with the same styles a young white woman can be admired for, what message does that send to Black women and girls?
That might seem innocent enough. She has an interest, and she wants to make money off of it. But the problem is that in order to sell her products, she has to participate in a discriminatory system.
This system includes federal government policies that make it hard for Native people to start their own businesses, as well as a professional culture in which white women and middle class women can fit more easily than poor Native women.
So while she profits, the Native women she adopted her products from live in deep cycles of poverty and unemployment. So white women dominate the industry of New Age materials with watered down versions of Indian spirituality practices, drowning out the Native voices speaking up about what Native communities need to survive.
Is it a white person? Who do you think started rock and roll? Rock and roll came out of the blues and was initially largely shaped by Black artists. So guess what they did. The record industry found success with popular white stars who molded a mainstream look and sound after Black artists their racist white audiences would never support.
Have you ever even heard of Sister Rosetta Tharpe? When Iggy Azalea gains fame and fortune through Blackface imitation, Black folks and hip-hop fans rightfully get upset. It Spreads Mass Lies About Marginalized Cultures People say that sharing between cultures is supposed to help us learn, but cultural appropriation is teaching us all the wrong lessons.
For instance, if you think about the real story of Pocahontas, having your daughter pretend to be her on Halloween is pretty disturbing. The real Pocahontaswhose given name was Matoaka, was abducted as a teenager, forced to marry an Englishman not John Smith, by the wayand used as propaganda for racist practices before she died at the age of And it almost feels like that propaganda never ended, as our popular lessons on what happened between colonizing settlers and Indigenous people depict Native people as savages, or as happy, mystical characters, or as entirely absent.
Does the truth matter, when it comes to a little girl just trying to enjoy a holiday? You might think it does if she wanted to dress up as someone whose tragic truth is more familiar, like Anne Frank.
Can you imagine the outcry if Disney tried to romanticize her diary by aging her into a young woman with a love affair with a Nazi officer and a happy ending?
That shows privilege — and a huge failure of our educational system.U.S. Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter on Racism Racism is an evil which endures in our society and in our Church.
Despite apparent advances and even significant changes in the last two decades, the reality of racism remains.
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