Importance Of Cultural Appropriation
What is cultural appropriation?
“Cultural appropriation is when somebody adopts aspects of a culture that’s not their own.”
That is the most basic understanding of cultural appropriation, however over the years the act of doing so now refers to the power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture adopt/trivialise elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group. They can do this without acknowledging the existence or significance of its original source. This is why using someone else’s cultural symbols to satisfy a personal need for self-expression is an exercise in privilege.
People of a dominant group have a responsibility to listen to people of marginalised cultures …show more content…
Taking classes in a certain country or religion’s history, buying from local shops and actively working to rid society of discrimination toward other cultures would be great ways of showing appreciation.” Cultural Assimilation
Why it should never be compared to cultural appropriation.
Cultural Assimilation is the process where members of an ethnic minority group adopt elements of the dominant culture in order to survive where their lives would be made more difficult if they don’t assimilate. For example, people of all cultures must wear business suits in order to survive in a corporate company.
Appropriation is different because when someone of the dominant culture adopts food, clothing or slang of marginalised groups, it has nothing to do with survival.
Still today, people of colour in western society must continue to adopt Eurocentric beauty standards in order to thrive. Black people are still shamed and ostracised for natural kinky hair, which is why many choose assimilate using weaves or by relaxing their hair. This is different to the opposite, where as above Kylie Jenner wore cornrows, where she exercised her privilege as she is able to wear any hairstyle without be shamed by society or major media