Xenophobia or anti-oppression?
May 16, 2012 7:51 PM Subscribe
Why is cultural appropriation bad?
posted by bumpjump to Society & Culture (24 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
Cultural objects and ideas flow from one place to another and have throughout history. We wouldn't have guns without the Chinese, rock music without African slaves, or the word "Wednesday" without the Norse. Why is it bad if a person who comes from a completely different culture wears a turban or has a kanji tattoo without background knowledge of either of those items? Do certain cultures own certain ideas?