With all the talk about cultural appropriation lately, I'm hesitant to wear Kokopelli earrings or eat at the Chinese buffet. I understand that some people object to Canadians playing Englishmen who are pretending to be Japanese for a production of The Mikado is offensive or racist. I don't always agree, but I understand the principle involved. Even I, a WASP, find Mickey Rooney's character in Breakfast at Tiffany's to be egregious, appalling, and insulting to everyone involved, including the audience....more
We were just hi-fiving and celebrating Winnie Harlowe as she was one of many influential women to grace the cover of a major magazine in what has been an epic Fall cover month for Black women. Now, it appears that the model is in the middle of quite a crossroads and has taken, according to many, an unpopular stance.Let’s take it from the top, shall we? So, this happened……....more
I have been a college student for many years. Yes, I am a late bloomer. I didn't start college until I was in my mid 40's. Before that I did a 20 year military career, and after I retired, I ended up getting divorced, and being a single mom. During those times of my life college was not much of a priority One day a client at the Dermatology practice where I work came in and told me about the Post 911 GI Bill. I didn't have any other GI bill because when I joined the military, it wasn't available to us. (anyone remember the VEAP Program??)...more
I remember watching TV cross-legged on the floor, held captive between my mom’s thighs, I remember her mercilessly yanking the comb through my tight coils. I remember all the cartoons that I burned through as I memorized the pattern on the burgundy rug as she attempted to conquer my mane. I remember crying in the bathtub, blindly reaching for a washcloth as shampoo dripped from my unruly strands, burning my eyes. As a child I did not wash my hair everyday—this came as something of a shock to my white friends—and on the days that I did, it was an excruciating ordeal....more
I'm pretty fond of the indie music scene, and am known amongst my friends as a hipster-in-denial (only when it comes to music, I swear). Coachella was something I became aware of last year, a music festival taking place in California. It usually is one of the biggest parties of the year and sets the stage for many indie artists. It's also a hotbed of cultural appropriation—namely, appropriation of Native culture.
Originally posted on ChapterTK.comAs I am fervently interested in equality and human rights, I read a lot of blogs that follow those topics. Frequently, I will read articles involving events of cultural appropriation, a phenomenon I just can’t wrap my mind around....more
So, Richelle Mead apparently did some kind of question and answer thing on Twitter. I have a few questions about the Eugenie Markham/Dark Swan books, but there is no nice, polite way to really ask them as they would cause extreme offense. (Because there is no way to ask these without being confrontational.) ...more
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