Cultural appropriation is not racist

By Uriel Gonzalez

As species, we have made wonderful progress in the last 10,000 years, yet the vast majority of us hold on to our tendencies; humans are fickle, tribalistic, sometimes violent, always scouting for the next conflict, even when it is not there.

The disdainful outroar against cultural appropriation is a recent example of a propensity for conflict.

We should see through the altruistic, anti-racist facade and smell the hypocrisy.

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” Martin Luther King Jr. said.

Being truly anti-racist means to see a person as a sum of their actions, not to superficially judge them based on something as arbitrary and uncontrollable as their race.

Despite this, these social justice warriors (SJWs) are hyper-focused on categorizing people by race.

The SJWs who claim to fight for equality by demonizing people who want to embrace the customs of foreign cultures are racists.

First of all, they pretend to be society’s moral arbiters, yet the only shred of credibility they cling onto is that of being oppressed minorities.

According to their ideology, opinions are value when expressed by someone who is deemed oppressed.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a racist is “a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another.”

A general rule of thumb in these SJW circles is that white people, especially white men, are inherently evil. They are unqualified to speak on social issues, especially when they concern race.

This is plain unwarranted racism and divisive and inherently counterproductive to uniting people to solve social issues.

The intermingling and trade of commodities and customs between cultures has been one of the most productive ways to advance society since the dawn of civilization; the sharing of language, customs and traditions allows people to see each other as equals.

It should be flattering when someone wants to embrace an aspect of your culture. That means it is good.

On top of that, it is just ridiculous and delusional to think that somehow you as an individual hold some type of right of ownership to a cultural product or custom.

Not only did you not invent that said aspect of your culture, you are trying to restrict another individual’s freedom of expression.

This selfish attitude is dangerous. Sharing is great; penicillin was discovered in England and was shared around the world in order to save countless lives.

Is that cultural appropriation?

It is not harmful for anyone to wear anything from any culture, even if it’s in poor taste or promoting stereotypes.

It reflects badly on the individual, not the culture being portrayed.

Telling people what they should think and dress like by trying to claim moral superiority is oppressive.

This victim culture from the SJWs and supposedly oppressed minorities is laughable.

As a minority, I can tell you that the membership of these groups largely consists of mentally weak people using cowardly racist tactics to justify their individual failures by pinning their shortcomings on the omnipotent-ominous evil white cisgendered dominated capitalist society.

Quite frankly, it is lazy and racist.

These games people play where they pretend to be offended by Halloween costumes is laughable.

Cultural appropriation is not racist

Valerie Mancia / The Poly Post

Cultural appropriation is not racist

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