Cultural appropriation is when someone of the incorrect perceived race uses something that someone of another race invented. People, who in every case are racists who think that only people of a certain race can enjoy things of their race, claim that when people use things that someone from a different race happened to invent that those people are being racist. It’s a form of psychological projection from racists.
Local man James Miller was accused of cultural appropriation for wearing dreadlocks. He was confronted in public by a racist individual who thought that he wasn’t the correct race for the hairstyle. “I actually just didn’t brush my hair for a long time, it got tangled, and I decided to roll with it instead of cutting my hair,” said James, who works as a dishwasher at a local chain restaurant. What some racists see as oppressing black people, was this man forgetting to take care of his hair.
Taylor Wilson, the racist who confronted James, had this to say, “He’s oppressing black people by having that hair style. He’s part of the dominant culture, and that colonial element to his style oppresses minorities.” Oppress is a harsh word, often used in cases such as actual dictators forcing people to act a certain way. What would happen if Taylor, who happens to be black, were to be in charge of a place where black people are the majority? Would she force businesses to give hiring and contract priority to people who are black through affirmative action, forcing businesses by law to give priority to people she considers the correct race? I took the time to research the definition of oppress. Oppress is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary in the following way:
b : to crush or burden by abuse of power or authority
- The country has long beenoppressed by a ruthless dictator.
- oppressed minorities
2: to burden spiritually or mentally : weigh heavily upon
- oppressed by a sense of failure
- oppress by intolerable guilt
Conversely as of writing, the Japanese government is still promoting that other people in different countries, regardless of race, use aspects of its culture. The Cool Japan fund in part states, “Cool Japan Fund was founded in November 2013 as a public-private fund with the aim of supporting and promoting the development of demand overseas for excellent Japanese products and services. Cool Japan Fund aims to commercialize the “Cool Japan” and increase overseas demand by providing risk capital for businesses across a variety of areas, including media & content, food & services, and fashion & lifestyle.” So feel free to use things from Japan.