Reminder: the NRA only cares about the gun rights of light-skinned people.
Posted on May 10th, 2018
In Every Culture Appropriates, David Frum gives his take on cultural appropriation.
For me, the answer is in this essay from Current Affairs. “Cultural appropriation” is a nebulous phrase that ties together a number of things in a not-so-clear way: some good, some bad, some common, some uncommon, some power-over, some power-under. The actual problem areas that we can hone in on are disrespect and exploitation. That’s where we can bring clarity to the conversation.
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Kanye West: I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye
West calls his struggle the right to be a “free thinker,” and he is, indeed, championing a kind of freedom—a white freedom, freedom without consequence, freedom without criticism, freedom to be proud and ignorant; freedom to profit off a people in one moment and abandon them in the next; a Stand Your Ground freedom, freedom without responsibility, without hard memory; a Monticello without slavery, a Confederate freedom, the freedom of John C. Calhoun, not the freedom of Harriet Tubman, which calls you to risk your own; not the freedom of Nat Turner, which calls you to give even more, but a conqueror’s freedom, freedom of the strong built on antipathy or indifference to the weak, the freedom of rape buttons, pussy grabbers, and fuck you anyway, bitch; freedom of oil and invisible wars, the freedom of suburbs drawn with red lines, the white freedom of Calabasas.
Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist