AFROPUNK BK: A CULTURAL APPROPRIATION CONVERSATION
August 25, 2018
We’re digging deep to find true insight on what cultural appropriation is, its evolved meaning, and how we see it play out in pop culture today. Cultural appropriation at its worse is a social problem, so let’s explore.
Interviewed by Bunmi, @Afro_Eclectic
Anexis Ruiz, @anexis_r
“America loves Black culture, but not necessarily Black people. Honestly, we would be a more advanced society if this country appreciated us for more than our culture.”
“Appropriating is when you think you are appreciating another culture, but you’re really exploiting. Our entire history, we’ve heard that our style is ‘ghetto, ugly, and ratchet,’ but when Kim Kardashian does it, it’s trendy and everybody wants to rock it. They are literally profiting off of what makes us, us.”
“If America loved Black people as much as it loves Black culture, the world would be a better place! Everybody wants to be Black until it’s time to be Black.”
“If America loved Black people as much as it loves Black culture, our country would be completely different…we see our [Black] culture everywhere because everybody wants to be Black but not have the responsibility that comes with being Black.”
“If America loved Black people as much as it loves Black culture, America would be more equitable, peaceful, happy, and vibrant!”
“Culture appropriation is a lack of respect. You can appreciate something without taking it.”
“When you appreciate a culture, you give credit to its roots. When you appropriate a culture, you take it for your own and give it a whole new name. Boxer braids…whose is that? Not mine.”
Shae Roberts, @thine_queen_tut
“Cultural appropriation is the difference between a bought outfit and a stolen outfit! If America loved Black people as much as it loves Black culture, we would be light years ahead. Also, Black bodies would be a lot safer and I think that Black people would be a lot more free in this country for sure.”
Culture Appropriate, an obvious play off the notorious topic, cultural appropriation, is a project by Bunmi of @Afro_Eclectic. Through honest conversations, this series gets to the heart of how people feel about culture and what cultural appropriation means for people of African descent.