Anonymous asked: So do you also think it's inappropriate for people who are from another country or culture to wear "American" things? I'm just curious, because the way I see it, everything in this world is commercialized and commodified now. How do we determine what is cultural appropriation and what is simply commercialization? And why do we always make claims about the "other" cultures as though our culture is what everything should be compared to. We're just another culture, too...
American Indians have faced genocide, colonization, oppression, forced cultural assimilation and they still suffer from severe discrimination today, but you’re trying to tell me that we’re all just another culture? That goes without saying, and you’re missing the point. I, as a white person, am not oppressed. I have privilege that people of different backgrounds do not have. If I wear a headdress, I am being disrespectful to a culture that has been completely mistreated by white people. How is it fair for me to do that? It isn’t.
People please read and try to understand this
star coricati, in silenzio,
in vista dei propri campi,
entro i confini del feudo,
e soprattutto sostare
a lungo presso il papavero
che non si dimentica
perché ha retto tutta l’estate –
Gottfried Benn, Frammenti e distillazioni