Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation

cultural appropriation, assimilation or appreciation

cultural appropriation

Ever since Jenn M. Jackson accused Bruno Mars of cultural appropriation on her Twitter page, everyone and their cousins have been weighing on what’s cultural appropriation. Somebody wrote an article suggesting that White people with dreadlocs is another example of cultural appropriation. We even took sides when two in the infamous Kardashian / Jenner clan decided to rename cornrows “Boxer Braids,” and make it seem as though this was some new phenomenon. It got me thinking about what’s really cultural appropriation, assimilation or appreciation.

And so I put it to our fans and followers. I will list ten examples of things that could be put into one of the three boxes: cultural appropriation, assimilation or appreciation and ask you to decide. Ready?

By responding a), b) or c) in the comments section of this blog or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, a) is cultural appropriation, b) is assimilation and c) is appreciation.

Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation: Bruno Mars

A)

B)

C)

Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation: White People Wearing Locs

A)

B)

C)

Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation: Black Opera Singers (Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman, et al

Jessye Norman

A)

B)

C)

Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation: Black and Multiracial People with Textured and Curly Hair Relaxing Their Hair

A)

B)

C)

Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation: Hispanic and Latino People Using a Blow Dryer and Flat Iron to Straighten Hair

A)

B)

C)

Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation: Bo Derek Braids in the Movie 10

A)

B)

C)

Bo Derek in the movie 10

Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation

Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation: Teena Marie Sings Funk in the 1970s and 80s

A)

B)

C)

Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation: Elvis Presley Sings The Blues

A)

B)

C)

Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation: White and Very Light Complected People Getting Tans

A)

B)

C)

Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation: White People Doing Rock Music*

Oh you didn’t know it was a Black person who created rock and roll?

A)

B)

C)

This was originally published on Multiracial Media.