Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Cultural Appropriation:" Another way for Progressives to get upset

Yup, you heard right...  "Cultural Appropriation."

I first became aware of this phrase a couple of weeks ago when one of my liberal friends linked to this video elsewhere.  Be warned, there are a few F-bombs here (another pet peeve of mine -- why anyone thinks that such gratuitous language helps their case is beyond me).

I'd never heard of the concept before. The more I think about it, the more I consider the concept completely ludicrous. Let's look at the definition of "appropriation" 

noun; the action of taking something for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission

1st: Who "owns" a hair style or musical genre that requires permission to use?

2nd: Even if someone could claim "ownership" of a hair style, the act of me adopting it (had I sufficient hair to do such a thing) does not deprive the "owner" of the hair style the ability to wear it. 

The very idea that someone would object to someone like me "appropriating" something just boggles my mind... Should I not be allowed to enjoy, say, Spanish guitar? Should Darius Rucker not be allowed to put his own spin on country music? Should Barbara Streisand not be allowed to put out an album of Christmas songs? I could go on, but I think you get the idea... 

I'm sorry, but the very thought is so utterly alien and nonsensical to me that I'm having a tough time understanding how this is even a thing... (were I prone to such language in polite society, I'd be tempted to drop a few choice words on this topic). 

Aside from the occasional profanities, this guy in this video is mostly spot on. 

One point where I'd disagree... The gentleman (can't find his name on the videos or his page) implied he might have a problem with someone "appropriating" some cultural aspect for reasons other than liking it. Can't go along with that. That would be akin to saying that a company can't sell a certain item -- say a religious icon -- unless they were followers. I'm pretty sure all sellers of Christmas-related items are not Christian. 

In my mind, the closest thing to "cultural appropriation" would be in the definition of a "melting pot." Without the merging and adopting of various cultures outside our own, there would not be the rich tapestry of cultures that exist in today's world. Rock and Roll wouldn't exist, as wouldn't so many other musical styles. 

In short, like the term "microaggressions," cultural appropriations is another invention of the left -- used to further give people another excuse to be upset at the world in large.

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