Tag: Cultural Appropriation

Cultural Appropriation: Dumb Concept. Intimidation Weapon… Prove Me Wrong

 

I write this to respond in part to @AlecDent‘s cultural appropriation article in National Review. While I agree with the main thesis that “sksksksksksk” is not cultural appropriation, I disagree with Mr. Dent’s opinions expressed below:

The concept of cultural appropriation is hardly new, but the linguistic policing that serves as the basis for the BuzzFeed article takes it to a new level. Accusations of cultural appropriation are usually leveled against white people who adopt elements of another ethnicity’s culture in a way that is perceived as making light of that culture’s history and traditions….

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An Unexpected Gift: A Culture of Appropriation

 

Years ago I was told about a family letter. In it, a relative had asked another who was into genealogy about the family history. The letter began:

When a man steals a loaf of bread, one calls him a thief. When a man steals a kingdom, one calls him “The Conqueror.”

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For Halloween, I decided to appropriate NPC culture. More

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I co-host an alternative music radio show and podcast called Suburban Underground (it’s on all the podcast apps, FYI. Here’s the iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/suburban-underground/id1173099110?mt=2). My co-host (a former Ricochet member) and I have been thinking a lot about the accusations of cultural appropriation being lobbed from time to time at various artists, most hilariously at Bruno […]

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Victor Davis Hanson explains how identity politics threatens to undue America’s standing as one of history’s few successful multi-ethnic societies. More

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 14, 2017, it’s the Overseas Trump edition of the show with your hosts, Hartford CT radio maven Todd Feinburg and all things nano person Mike Stopa. This week, we have a Filipino flavor to the podcast in honor of Trump’s visit to and bromance beginning […]

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A few years ago, in a whimsical mood while at work, I imitated the strong Indian accent of one of the engineers that worked at my company, much as Peter Sellers had done from time to time on the big screen. My supervisor immediately admonished me for my lack of political correctness. I replied by […]

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Psycho Halloween Killers

 

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club for October 17, 2017, it’s the Psycho Halloween Killers edition of the show – number 144 – with your hosts, Todd Feinburg, Hartford radio guy, and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist, and today with special guest star, host of Michael in the Morningthe inimitable Michael Graham!

MG will join us, as will big cheese Rob Long, at the upcoming Ricochet meetup in Burlington, MA (just outside of Boston) on November 11, from 7-10 pm. Today he joins us to talk about the meetup and also to discuss why the left is choosing to lurch even farther left. And, in a related topic what gives when a poor Soda Pop and Pet Store owner (not kidding here) joins Donald Trump for a signing of an executive order that will help his 100+ employees get affordable health insurance only to find, when he returns to his home in central Massachusetts (yes, *that* Massachusetts) that his name is dog poo-poo? Michael will help us analyze.

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It’s nearing Halloween. Historically, this is supposed to be the time when the edges are fuzzy, weak, thinning – when the year is waning into winter, when the leaves change and the flowers die, when the air gets crisp and cool and the sun starts hibernating for more of the day. For a very long […]

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Multiculturalists tell us that strength lies in diversity. Different cultures give rise to different points of view and different ideas. Except, of course, we should not actually use any of those different ideas because that would be cultural appropriation. More

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He’s not Scottish but he was the belle of the ball.  More

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This move by the left to accuse people of cultural appropriation makes me sick to my stomach. It’s a stupid, pejorative name for a wonderful thing that has been going on since the dawn of man. One group sees something it likes or admires in another group, and copies it, adapts it, makes it its […]

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If you celebrate Halloween, and you are not of Irish (or, more accurately, Gaelic) descent, you are engaging in unacceptable cultural appropriation: More

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The left propagates all manner of stupid ideas. I have long thought that the concept of cultural appropriate is one of the dumbest of them all. So I was researching it and found the following definition on the Urban Dictionary website: More

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“Think of all the great restaurants!” This is inevitably the first recourse whenever someone has to define the benefits of diversity. This argument always brings Philippians 3:19 to my mind, but even so it’s a point in favor. The logic of diversity is that people with different backgrounds bring different perspectives to the table, that […]

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Katherine Timpf is one of my National Review must reads. Today, she reports on a petition to the president, the attorney general, and Al Sharpton to prosecute criminally Justin Timberlake for the cultural appropriation of “music, looks, and just about everything else from the black community.” Al Sharpton?  More

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Three middle-aged Caucasian men walk into a psychiatrist’s office. The first man tells the therapist that, while he recognizes the physical reality of his age, he feels that he is actually a seven-year-old boy trapped in an adult body and wishes to live his life as such. The second man tells the therapist that, while […]

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Cultural Appropriation Is Sexy

 

Protest_Halloween-featIt’s difficult to imagine a more loathsome fad — or better exemplar of victim culture — than the current practice of crying “cultural appropriation” whenever a person identified with one culture uses ideas from another without approval. In the Washington Post, Cathy Young has an excellent piece cataloging some recent examples ranging from the controversy over “Kimono Wednesdays” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts to various artists and musicians being forced to kowtow to twitter mobs for the crime of offending the easily offended. We’ve seen the phenomenon repeated at Yale and Claremont McKenna, where students who wore Mexican-themed costumes for Halloween were criticized not so much for being lazy and crass, but for using cultural ideas that were not their own “inauthentically.”

Offensive-Costumes-620x300But besides the practice’s spoil-sporting and petty totalitarianism, it’s also fantastically stupid. As with biology and technology, culture thrives when different ideas are allowed to recombine in novel ways, and declines or stagnates when it closes itself to new ideas or new combinations of old ones. After all, the only truly “authentic” cultures are all barbarous and primitive. Indeed, Matt Ridley has made a career of pointing out that sexual-style admixture is the best model for allowing distinct things — be they biological, technical, or cultural — to combine and work collaboratively, rather than compete directly with each other:

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