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  1. July 16, 2015 at 10:27 am —

    Is there such a thing as “whitesplaining” because I’m pretty sure I saw a lot of it in the comments of the Whiteness Goggles story.

    • July 16, 2015 at 11:16 am —

      You certainly aren’t the first one to use the term.

      But then again, cultural appropriation is one of those social justice things I’m not actually totally on board with.

      Shallow, ignorant sharing of culture is a necessary first step for sincere cultural understanding. I can’t help but thinking the harm and insult of cultural appropriation is less than the cost of people never being exposed to cultures and ideas different than their own.

      I can’t actually get angry about it, unless it takes something culturally sacred and makes it a joke. It’s an inevitable consequence of mixing multiculturalism and ignorant people, one of which I value, the other of which I see as inevitable.

    • July 18, 2015 at 5:38 pm —

      Oh, any privileged group can ‘splain to a non-privileged group. Even a group with relative privilege (but still disadvantaged in some key ways) can ‘splain to an even-more-marginalized group. (I see a lot of this on Twitter and Tumblr.)

      But sweet Raptor Jesus, ‘white woman in cornrows’ isn’t what we meant by cultural appropriation! The concept developed out of white people using indigenous religious iconography and unearned honors or heraldry, and people like Andrea Smith and Ward Churchill, and more recently groups like NAISA, completely erasing Indians from discussions on Indians.

      You could say modern social media activists appropriated cultural appropriation.

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