Cultural Appropriation Vs. Cultural Appreciation: What’s the Difference? by Cassandra Lee Jones

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4 years ago
Cultural Appropriation Vs. Cultural Appreciation: What’s the Difference?

There has been buzz about this topic in the news since the dawning of time, but it has only recently become popular with race relations at a boiling point in our country. An example that has popped up recently was a young girl who decided to wear a traditional Chinese dress to her prom. 

The girl uploaded seemingly harmless pictures of her and her friends only to be berated online by a male who retweeted her pictures and stated, “My culture is not your … prom dress.” Thousands of people began to criticize this young girl for being racist and appropriating their culture, even though she was merely wearing a dress that she thought was beautiful and appreciated for its high, modest neckline.

Despite the outrage, many people came to support her and her decision to wear the dress including several men and women of Chinese descent. One saying, “You look beautiful in it, and don't let them tell you that you have to be Asian to appreciate the dress.” This young girl had honest intent and meant no harm when choosing what to wear to her prom – that doesn’t mean that is always the case. If someone is mocking another’s culture then shame on them, but if it is your intent to understand, appreciate and and inform yourself of another’s culture by walking in their shoes, then good for you.

We can only hope to become more unified as a species if we stop drawing arbitrary lines in the sand for what we can say, think and wear. Let us love and appreciate everyone, of all races, genders, sexualities and socioeconomic statuses.

Photo: Keziah Twitter

Read more about this story via  The Washington Post

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I heard about this but hadn't read the story. I'm so glad you shared it with us, Cassandra Lee Jones ! "Let us love and appreciate everyone, of all races, genders, sexualities and socioeconomic statuses." AMEN!!
Donna John
I hadn't heard about it either. Makes me angry. I hope everyone has left this poor girl alone. Thanks for sharing this with us, Cassandra Conyers .
Roxane Goss
I love this article. I had a few people accuse me of this when I was going to call my self a Grief Sherpa. I look at Sherpa's as being strong and knowledgeable for guiding people on treacherous journeys. They help carry the load. It fit how I wanted to guide widows through the grief journey. It was in no way a slam or as to belittle them at all. I agree, let us love everyone no matter!

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