पद्मा lotus flame

angry brown thoughts
dear white folk,
I know you may think you look so edgy and different when you cut your hair into a mowhawk, stretch your earlobes, don keffiyehs, wear native american headdresses, call yourself a gypsy, or wear a bindi, but you should know that if you truly appreciated another culture you would not wear it as a symbol of defiance or counter culture to your own. Our cultures have been mocked all our lives, but the minute a piece of sanskrit gets tatooed on some famous individual our culture is stolen from underneath us. It suddenly becomes validated, because once something has appreciation from white people it now has marketing value. All the while we are being told to change to conform and once we have changed out of every article of our culture you appropriate it, sell it, and then call us lacking in taste and creativity.
This goes out to any POC who have ever noticed the hypocrisy of the majority for calling us barbaric for wearing the clothing of our people only to steal it from us to create appropriated trash.

dear white folk,

I know you may think you look so edgy and different when you cut your hair into a mowhawk, stretch your earlobes, don keffiyehs, wear native american headdresses, call yourself a gypsy, or wear a bindi, but you should know that if you truly appreciated another culture you would not wear it as a symbol of defiance or counter culture to your own. Our cultures have been mocked all our lives, but the minute a piece of sanskrit gets tatooed on some famous individual our culture is stolen from underneath us. It suddenly becomes validated, because once something has appreciation from white people it now has marketing value. All the while we are being told to change to conform and once we have changed out of every article of our culture you appropriate it, sell it, and then call us lacking in taste and creativity.

This goes out to any POC who have ever noticed the hypocrisy of the majority for calling us barbaric for wearing the clothing of our people only to steal it from us to create appropriated trash.

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    I’d just like to point on the fact the authentic started this with “dear white folk” is kinda racist… Wearing things...
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    I always forget about the Mohawk bit. =\
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    Okay. I hold some minor issues with this on a personal and fashion history level. Fashion history first: MOHICANS were...
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