Despite the fact that people of color (POC) are being imprisoned, deported, evicted, and murdered at atrocious rates, contemporary media often tries to imply that the US is post-racial and politically just.
In reality, capitalism has turned Indigenous and POC cultural items and customs — which are usually born of precolonial legacy and historical trauma, resilience, and survival — into an economic currency that in no way benefits the groups from which they were stolen.
This exploits and ignores the very real violence that interferes with the well-being of POC and Indigenous Folk around the globe.
This is the sort of racism that people, on an individual basis, can recognize and interrupt. Please watch this video from Marina Watanabe to learn how you might be perpetuating cultural appropriation – and not even known it – and why you should stop.
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Please read the following Everyday Feminism articles to learn more about cultural appropriation:
- The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation
- Just a Bit of Banter — On Racism and Cultural Appropriation
- Epic Takedown of Racist Halloween Costumes (In the Form of a Baking Tutorial!)
- 4 Ways To Honor Native Americans Without Appropriating Our Culture