This ad produced by the NCAI is a powerful reminder of the complexity, history and pride present in a culture. It is a must watch for everyone, especially those that see no problem with cultural appropriation and racism by Dan Snider and the Washington football team.
In the U.S., Halloween has become the national holiday for cultural appropriation. In 2011, Ohio University started a poster campaign to urge students and others to avoid racist, stereotyping, and culturally appropriated Halloween costumes.
This has been one of the most effective campaigns we have seen addressing the issue of cultural appropriation.
Ohio U: Poster Campaign
USA Today: We’re a culture, not a costume catches on
The popular CBS sitcom How I Met your Mother aired an episode in mid-January that showed its white cast members as crude stereotyped Asian characters. The backlash was swift. Here is a sampling of the responses:
Time Magazine: Dear, ‘How I Met Your Mother’: “Asian is not a Costume
BuzzFeed: 32 Powerful Tweets that Takedown Yellowface on HIMYM
Angry Asian Man: What’s up With the Yellowface on How I Met Your Mother
Daily Mail(UK): HIMYM Creators Apologize for Using ‘Yellowface’
Late last week the daughter of the Oklahoma governor posted an Instagram photo of herself wearing a traditional Native American Headdress. Here are some choice responses:
Native Appropriations: Dear Christina Fallin
Tulsa World: Gov. Fallin’s Daughter Defends Headdress Photo
From the National Congress of American Indians comes this image putting the culturally appropriated Cleveland Indians logo into a different context. Read the full break down from the Good Men Project.
Fantastic personal reflection regarding the appropriation of their culture and where the real problems lie.
She begins laying out the problem:
When a white girl puts on a bindi, a part of me dies. I remember being 6 years old, being MORTIFIED as a little white girl laughed at the dot on my head. It took me 15 years to wear another bindi proudly.
But offers a different approach than just confrontation:
You’re targeting the wrong person. The girl in SF who lives on 30K per year and shops at Forever 21 because she enjoys looking great on a cheap budget is not a stupid girl. She is not a mean girl. (Well, she might be. But she probably isn’t). She is not responsible for creating the broken system. She is not responsible for the vast misinformation, the propaganda that allows her to make these choices without feeling morally reprehensible.
You can read the rest of this illuminating piece here.