What’s the difference between cultural exchange and cultural appropriation?
• Cultural appropration means the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different
cultural group. It describes acculturation or assimilation, but can imply a negative view towards
acculturation from a minority culture by a dominant culture.
• Just because something has orignins in black culuter, doesnt mean white artists cant emulate and
enjoy it. (miley cyrus)
• Not about person being mean/evil – but after “centuries’old patter of taking, stealing, exploiting
and misunderstanding the history and symbols meaningful to ppl of marginzalted cultures.
• Where do we draw the line between “appropriate” forms of cultural exchange and more damaging
patterns of cultural appropriation?
• Cultural appropriation is a hard concept to grasp for many westerners because we're so used to
pressing our own culturs onto others and taking what they want in return.
• “Here's my culture, I'll have some of yours”
• Ethnic” clothes and hairstyles are still stigmatized as unprofessional, “cultural” foods are treated as
exotic past times, and the vernacular of people of color is ridiculed and demeaned.
• using someone else’s cultural symbols to satisfy a personal need for self-expression is an exercise
• African American Vernacular English (AAVE) is consistently treated as lesser than Standard
English, but people whitewash black slang and use expressions they barely understand as punch
lines, or to make themselves seem cool.
• But there needs to be some element of mutual understanding, equality, and respect for it to be a
• There are so many things that have been chopped up, recolored, and tossed together to make up
Western culture that even when we know things are appropriative in some way, we find them hard
to let go of
• We have a responsibility to listen to people of marginalized cultures, understand as much as
possible the blatant and subtle ways in which their cultures have been appropriated and exploited,
and educate ourselves enough to make informed choices when it comes to engaging with people of
• Cultural appropriation is itself a real issue because it demonstrates the imbalance of power that
still remains between cultures that have been colonized and the ex-colonizers.
National Congress of American Indians- ENDING THE LEGACY OF RACISM IN SPORTS &
THE ERAOF HARMFUL “INDIAN” SPORTS MASCOTS
• Indian sport brands are used by professional teams within an era of racism and bigotry was
accepted to the culture.
• They were established in a time when the practice of using racial epithets and slurs as marketing
slogans were a common
• practice among white owners seeking to capitalize on cultural superiority and racial tensions.
• The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) established a campaign in 1968 to bring an
• negative and harmful stereotypes in the media and popular culture
• Native peoples remain more likely than any other race to experience crimes at the hands of a
• another race.
• Since 1963, no professional teams have established new mascots that use racial stereotypes in their names and
• In 2005, the National CollegiateAthleticAssociation (NCAA) established an extensive policy to
• harmful “Indian” mascots.
• Hundreds of tribal nations, national tribal organizations, civil rights organizations, school boards,
sports teams, and
• individuals have called for the end to harmful “Indian” mascots.
• Over 5.2 million American Indian orAlaska Native people were counted in the 2010 Census
representing close to 2 percent of the US population
• The rate of suicide amongAmerican youth is highest for Native young people at 18 percent, which
is twice the rate of the next highes