We’ve officially come full circle. It’s now OK to be racist and tell someone they can’t do or wear something because of the color of their skin…as long as they’re white. Then it’s not racism, it’s called “Cultural Appropriation”.
An incident in late March at San Francisco State University brought “Cultural Appropriation” to the forefront when a black female student, Bonita Tindle, assaulted a white male student, Cory Goldstein, for wearing his hair in dreadlocks. Goldstein claims Tindle told him, “Sorry, we don’t want people with your hair here.” She then said he was appropriating from her culture and assaulted him.
Just what is “Cultural Appropriation”? Quite simply it’s the term used by people who demand tolerance and racial equality when they cannot tolerate someone of another race having the equal right of dressing, or wearing their hair similar to the stereotypes they fight so hard to convince you aren’t reflective of all people of that race.
Confused? Yeah, me too. In short, to tell someone they cannot do something because of the color of their skin is just plain old racism.
I thought we were past the whole “we don’t want your people here” stage of social evolution. I thought that the Civil Rights Movement settled this issue. I thought we agreed this kind of thinking was wrong and not to be tolerated in our society?
Apparently I’m wrong, because MTV, the teen TV Network known for programs that exploit women, glamorize teen moms, promote drug use, violence and sex considered Cultural Appropriation important enough to produce a Public Service Announcement, telling white kids just how unequal they really are.
Just as the debate on Cultural Appropriation was heating up, Justin Beiber jumped into the fray by wearing his hair in dreadlocks at recent public appearances. Beiber was skewered over Facebook and Twitter for daring to wear the hairstyle.
In the past two weeks, hundreds of articles have been posted with titles like, “Why it’s not OK for white people to have dreadlocks” and CNN’s piece, “Dear white people with dreadlocks: Some things to consider“. There’s also a compelling piece from the Harvard Blog titled, “White People Shouldn’t Wear Dreadlocks: Thoughts on Appropriating Culture.”
Most had the same points:
- Dreadlocks are from the black culture
- You’re not black
- You’re being offensive when you try to wear them
- If you don’t understand it you’re also racially insensitive if not racist
Aside from the racial intolerance in demanding someone can’t wear a hairstyle because of the color of their skin, the articles just aren’t historically accurate. Dreadlocks have been worn by all races of people since the beginning of time. There are ancient Greek Statues dating back to 800 bc wearing dreadlocks. Spartans wore dreadlocks as part of their battle gear. Pre-Columbian Aztecs were known to sport dreadlocks. Locks were mentioned in the Bible. Hindus regularly let their hair grow into dreadlocks and the Ngagpa Buddhists of Tibet grow their hair in dreadlocks as a sign of empowerment. The Rastafarian Movement, which pop culture credits with polularizing dreadlocks, wasn’t even around until the 1930’s.
Since I’m new to this whole Politically Correct, I’m offended by everything mentality that is now prevalent in the United States, will someone please publish the racial rules for tanning, ear piercings, nose piercings, braids, cornrows, ponytails, mullets, perms, hair coloring, makeup, jerseys, showing underwear, saggy pants, sombreros and overalls?
And finally…am I allowed to be offended by this?