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November 11th, 2004

Kill Whitey! @ 01:11 am

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Date:November 11th, 2004 06:31 pm (UTC)
"It is not okay for us to go around stealing other people's customs, styles of dress, etcetera because we think they're cool. they do not belong to us and we have stolen so very very much already."

I think this is singularly the most riduculous stricture of the whole thread. Cultural exchange is a two-way street. Yes, the flow of information and money (read: power) often goes from the US/Western Europe outward more than it comes in, but it still comes in. Personally, anything seen as 'cool' enough to adopt - from chopsticks at dinner to saris for a special occasion - probably leads people to investigate and think about the role they play in their original culture.

Can cultural appropriation be disrespectful? Sure. Is it disrespectful by definition? Hell no.

Also, given that mass transportation and mass communication are only making the world a more accessible place, the person who holds tightly to this definition as a code of ethics is going to find him/herself in a sad place, because cultural exchanges are only going to increase, and the Chinese aren't likely to give up their buckets of chicken and Prada - and we're not going to give up dim sum or pretty qipao.

Heavy-handed ideas like this are why we end up with conservative stereotypes about political-correctness fanatics, and only feed into other stereotypes about blue-state intellectuals that cause us to go down in flames during presidential elections.

Also, I haven't gotten any RCs or Moonpies yet, but now I want Chinese food.

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