You have probably seen this woman accosting some guy about his hair.  Her reason for this is cultural appropriation.  I can hear your collective exasperation through the screen!  First of all, this lady is black, and Egyptians were far more closely related (and look like) to Middle Eastern heritage.  Some people say “She has African heritage though!”  So, because I have European blood in me, I claim the entire continent regardless of race?  “Cultural Appropriation” is a made up term for people to feel like victims of something or to feel special.  The entire world is made from cultural appropriation with examples such as math, architecture, music, and art.

The problem she had was his HAIR.  Dreadlocks were in MULTIPLE unrelated cultures including: Vikings, Native Americans, Indians (The god Shiva had dreadlocks), Greeks, Germanic Tribes, and Egyptians.  The boy was well within his “blood right” to wear this hair style, not that he even needed one.  If cultural appropriation is so important to this lady, maybe she should look around her.  The school she attends, the classes she takes, the shoes she wears, the clothes she wears, and the paper she has in her hand were all from European, Asian, and Middle Eastern culture.

Let us go into some of the great Asian, European, and Middle eastern inventions.  Asians (Chinese) invented gunpowder and paper, does that sound familiar?  What about Europeans?  Philosophy, collegiate system, most upper level academic studies (calculus), internal combustion engine, etc.  Middle eastern civilization invented algebra, the practice of eating 3 meals a day, and they helped to bring Europe out of the Dark Ages.  What did Africa do?  If you exclude Egypt, practically nothing.  As I mentioned earlier, Egypt is a country that is closer in lineage to that of the Middle East.  I understand that every human on Earth came from Africa, and I am not trying to advocate this argument of appropriation.  I am just trying to highlight the absurdity of this argument.

Cultures change and blend after intermingling, look at the rapid Americanization of Japan after WW2.  It resulted in artwork that is popular worldwide and helped bring about a technological explosion (The US donated millions and sent engineers over to “apologize” for the Atomic bombs).  It isn’t a bad thing to mesh cultures, in fact it spurs economic development and creativity.  There are multiple examples of positive culture sharing in history Middle East and Europe after the dark ages, China and Europe, Japan and Europe, and India and Europe.

So the only group of people who can’t complain about their culture being “stolen” from are black people… Unless you count different styles of European culture such as Rap music (cool poetry combined with European music), new dances (every culture has dances), and clothing styles.  I think the entire premise of this argument is crazy, but I repeat myself.

The ultimate compliment is emulation and in the few ways that black people are emulated they complain about it.  Embrace it!  Don’t try to say “We are copied because we are so cool!” because 1 or 2 dances and a couple dozen white guys with sagging pants doesn’t equal your entire lifestyle and even your religion.  It isn’t offensive or stealing, it is just life.

All cultures borrow from one another and it is a good thing.  If we play the game of who borrows from whom, then black people undoubtedly come up short.  This argument holds no water and if anyone brings it up to you, laugh in their face.

PS-  Never call anyone a “blank”-American.  You can only call people with dual citizenship by these phrases.  Everyone who is an American citizen is just an American and should be treated as such.  Don’t try to divide it all up into sub-groups, we are all one nation.  And in light of recent events, I feel I need to state that we only have room for ONE flag.

We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.

But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.” -Teddy Roosevelt

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