> whitefire wrote:
>> @theJAwwww Did you know that there have been studies that show people are less
>> to hire a black person than a white person based on a perceived race as decided
>> a first name on a resume or work application? In some of the studies, white men
>> criminal records were more likely to be hired than black men without.
>> That is the type of stuff that concerns me.
>> Discrimination in the workplace, lack of minorities in political positions and
>> up in Fortune 500 companies, children being bullied in school because of their
>> color. Someone being offended by what someone says indirectly to them or about
>> race, gender, etc. is not of the greatest importance to me.
>> For instance, when I graduate, I want to work in the criminal justice system to
>> my small part to help correct the way that those convicted of crimes (disproportionately
>> African-Americans) are treated in prison and by society.
> And that's your prerogative for sure. The things that concern you should concern
> you, and anyone with a level head haha.
> However, like I said, it's really not about what concerns you (or me in this
> instance) when it comes to cultural appropriation. There are many people who have
> a valid right to be offended about how their culture is portrayed in the US. While
> it won't have a direct effect on any one individual at a time, that type of thing
> does have a lasting affect on the culture as a whole (which then in turn does
> affect individuals).
> It's part of the reason Native Americans aren't so hot with terms and caricatures
> from their culture being used as mascots for sports teams when those are more commonly
> reserved for animals. The Hawks, The Bruins, The Chiefs, The Bobcats, The Indians.
> Which of these is not like the others, you know? Nowadays, I'd wager the majority
> of Americans would link Native American culture to sports teams or casinos, while
> the truly vile of them would unfortunately link Native Americans to the animals that
> correspond with other teams from different sport leagues. Things like this do sway
> public perception. It does have an effect, and the ripples don't just disappear.
> So no, it wouldn't be any concern to you, and I really can't claim it's a huge concern
> to me personally - but there are people who have a very valid right to be offended
> by these sorts of things. Acknowledging that doesn't automatically void your other
> But I need to hit the hay. I appreciate the civil conversation, and rejuvenating
> a bit of my faith in the possibility of a politics forum on the ol' TZ.
Cultural appropriation vs Cultural Exchange. Now that is a large discussion within racism right? For me, somethings about cultural appropriation are not okay and somethings are really not a big deal. In the sense of black hair, indigenous peoples, sports teams changing their names, and white washing acting roles. Yes, those are big deals for those groups like mine.
Where I am less willing to get behind is food asian and latin fusion foods. Also, I don't have a problem with white people taking part in cultural practices outside of their own. However, when they are distasteful or try to profit from it is when it is problematic.