Cultural Appropriation of today isn’t Offensive

The ridiculous notion that being of a different culture or race means that you are not allowed to adopt things from other cultures. This does nothing but support segregation and hinder progress in the world. All it serves to do is to promote segregation and racism [SOURCE: Urban Dictionary and common sense].

Yesterday I read the bizarre story of Hal Niedzviecki, editor of Canada’s Write magazine who had resigned after complaints he had received over an article in which he had said he didn’t believe in ‘cultural appropriation’. The Writer’s Union of Canada (within which the Write Magazine is distributed) apologised saying:

“The intention behind the magazine is to offer space for honest and challenging discussion and to be sincerely encouraging to all voices. The Union RECOGNISES that intention is not enough, and that we failed in execution in this instance.”

What I find hilarious about this statement is that the author of piece used the space to be honest and challenge a point of view, as a result readers complained to the extent he needed to resign. Hardly a space for honest and challenging opinion pieces then huh?

In the 1970s and 1980s academics created the concept of cultural appropriation to criticise historical colonialism and was specifically directed to literal cultural theft of artefacts  Somehow since then the definition has widened to encompass everything short of a fart.

I am constantly seeing the very same ‘progressives’ (if that’s what you can call them) who praise diversity and equality one minute, then go on to criticise a white woman for wearing a Bindi. Moreover, its often the offence which has been appropriated, aka white people being offended on behalf of culture A, B, C or D. Where does this perpetually offended craze end?

Do I need to be German to have a Christmas tree? Are Greeks the only ones entitled to democracy? Should I ask the Babylonians to do my algebra? Can only Romans benefit from sewers? Only Scots wear kilts? Only Italians cook Pasta? No, why? Because our cultures have grown, shared and changed.

The only way to keep a culture distinct is to segregate and stop interactions with other cultures. That suggests that the very people crying “CULTURAL APPROPRIATION” might be somewhat racist don’t you think?

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