I mean braids like this. Some people on Facebook were bashing a girl who had these braids (not this girl) because she apparently was "stealing black culture" while others who were also black said that it looked cute. I think it's okay, and black people do not own braiding hair, because Native Americans and Vikings have been doing it forever just as long as black people have. Can you tell me why it's good or bad? I wanna know people's reasoning behind this.
- Yes, it is appropriation and it's wrongVote A
- No, this is not appropriationVote B
- Appropriation doesn't existVote C
- OtherVote D
Most Helpful Guy
I just think "whatever". The whole world would be a lot more peaceful if everyone could do that. To me offense is too often *taken* when none is given.
It reminds me of a Western guy walking into my favorite bar with a kanji tattoo on his arm. Just to humor him, the bartender asked him what it meant. He said "inner peace". Actually the tattoo artist must not have liked him so much, since the kanji actually meant "North Korea".
Anyway, "whatever". It's funny to me at times, but nothing worth being offended about. Cultures tend to be appropriated and diluted and trivialized all over the place. It's easier to think, "whatever", and laugh a bit if it looks a bit silly.1
Most Helpful Girl
It's cultural appropriation. I wouldn't say that it was wrong, but the issue with cultural appropriation is the double standard. If a black woman wore braids like that she would be considered ghetto and a hood rat but a white woman wears this and all of a sudden it's a fashion trend. The double standard in itself is wrong and it is preferable that non black people don't take black culture. Especially after removing us from our original culture, forcing us to make a new culture for ourselves. You can see why black people are upset about this. However cultural appropriation is horrible when it takes an aspect of a group's culture, especially with it having to do with religion, and water it down to a dumb fashion trend.7