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.
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.
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.
While it's difficult to know for certain where braiding originated, it has been found in all cultures of the world, including Asia, Africa, Egypt, Europe and the Americas. Braiding in Africa can be traced back to 3500 B. C., but there is evidence that the practice began much earlier.
That was a quite from Google. Braided hair does not belong to black people. It came from all over the damn word. Granted blacks made it more popular, it's not theirs to claim as their own. It's no appropriation and this is fact and there's my evidence. You cannot argue against it.
Appropriation is the correct term and to some it offensive but not because they're "stealing" as you eloquently put it but because all women of color are called "ghetto" or "ratchet" for the same look that she is wearing and someone will see it as "innovative" and "unique"
Culture Vulture. White people's oldest trick in the book. White people seem to love swaggerjacking cool, unique, creative things that black people come up with and what makes it so unsettling is the fact that so many white people used to and still would mock or degrade a black person for wearing their hair like that. Then they'll turn around and try to make it trendy or seem unique.