I want to understand Cultural Appropriation.

Rae,
Canada.

An issue came up on Facebook, about Halloween costumes. People were talking about it being inappropriate for kids to dress as native people. I didn’t feel that it was so bad, that it was a way for kids to explore culture. I remember how often I used to pretend I was a native person, making forts out in the bush. If I had dressed that way for Halloween, it would have been out of interest, not out of any bad feelings towards the native people. I was naturally told how hurtful this attitude is, and that it is just WRONG, but I feel like it’s natural for cultures to blend and borrow from one another, and that’s how we become a new culture. Thoughts?

 

I want to understand Cultural Appropriation.

Rae,
Canada.

An issue came up on Facebook, about Halloween costumes. People were talking about it being inappropriate for kids to dress as native people. I didn’t feel that it was so bad, that it was a way for kids to explore culture. I remember how often I used to pretend I was a native person, making forts out in the bush. If I had dressed that way for Halloween, it would have been out of interest, not out of any bad feelings towards the native people. I was naturally told how hurtful this attitude is, and that it is just WRONG, but I feel like it’s natural for cultures to blend and borrow from one another, and that’s how we become a new culture. Thoughts?

I want to understand Cultural Appropriation.

Rae,
Canada.

An issue came up on Facebook, about Halloween costumes. People were talking about it being inappropriate for kids to dress as native people. I didn’t feel that it was so bad, that it was a way for kids to explore culture. I remember how often I used to pretend I was a native person, making forts out in the bush. If I had dressed that way for Halloween, it would have been out of interest, not out of any bad feelings towards the native people. I was naturally told how hurtful this attitude is, and that it is just WRONG, but I feel like it’s natural for cultures to blend and borrow from one another, and that’s how we become a new culture. Thoughts?

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