`` Borrowed Powers : Essays On Cultural Appropriation, By Bruce Ziff

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Cultural appropriation is something that has plagued America’s Black community for as long as it has been here. Cultural appropriation is taking aspects of another culture and using them disrespectfully or without credit to the original culture. This has happened to Black people since they were brought to America as slaves and still occurs today. From hairstyles to music white Americans have used Black culture as a basis for their own fashion and benefited off of it. This is an issue because as their culture is appropriated and sold back to them Black people are shown that their culture is not anything of value, that these things only matter or are profitable when done by white people. Cultural appropriation includes intangible things as…show more content…
When white people say all lives matter they are partaking in cultural appropriation by taking the slogan, an aspect of Black culture, and changing it without due credit or any respect. This cultural appropriation is done by more than just white people. Desi people say brown lives matter and are also taking part in cultural appropriation. At one point in time the phrase blue lives matter was being thrown around in regards to the lives of police officers. This version of the motto is particularly offensive because the Black Lives Matter movement focuses a lot on the ending of police brutality and by appropriating their motto for the people that they are trying to fight a true level of disrespect is being shown. This blatant show of disrespect is the very definition of cultural appropriation. Jason Rodriguez expands on Ziff’s idea that white people are appropriating Black culture and explains why it is a phenomenon that makes no sense. In his article “Color-Blind Ideology and the Cultural Appropriation of Hip-Hop” Jason Rodriguez calls into question how white Americans can insist on appropriating Black culture yet still argue that race does not matter. Rodriguez asks the question, “How do individuals simultaneously insist on color-blindness and endorse a cultural form which is unambiguously and explicitly racial?” (646). This question calls out white Americans that insist that race is not the issue. This argument is used a lot when talking
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