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To The People Who Don’t Get Cultural Appropriation, Digest This:

frank-e-fighting-words:

[TW: Colonialism, Imperialism, Genocide]

People used to be murdered and tortured for wearing whatever item you think is cute

they were separated from their families

from their friends

from their histories

raped,

beaten

killed

had their body parts kept as trophies which some of your grandpappies might pass down to you one day if they haven’t already 

all of this occurred and continues to occur repeatedly.

Even now

we are discriminated in housing

jobs

classrooms

on the street

you name it

for wearing what we developed.

items that hold spiritual and cultural significance to us

result in our continued oppression

carried out by you and yours

THAT IS WHY YOUR IT LOOKS COOL EXCUSE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH

THAT IS WHY SHARING CULTURE IS NOT WHAT IS HAPPENING

When you spout bullshit like “you can’t own a culture, to peoples who have had that shit physically ripped away, you are continuing to physically rip that shit away.” We don’t fucking need you to tell us that shit, the generations before us know that very well, those of us who have no road to go back to our cultures KNOW THAT SHIT VERY WELL.

So if you want to do, or wear these things despite this, just say you don’t give a fuck about our suffering,

fuck our mothers

our fathers

our grand parents,

and fuck us because you think some shit is cute.

Fuck the people who were beaten to death, who had their children literally snatched from their arms so that our identities could be taken away and you today could wear bastardized likenesses (because gods know every concept of cool y’all “come up with” is also STOLEN) because your ancestors CHOSE,

I repeat your ancestors CHOSE (we did not get that opportunity) to trade your culture, your histories, your languages in order to crush us under their heels. 

I mean unless you propose that it is perfectly okay that we literally appropriate that aspect of your culture? That we take up guns, and anything that can be fashioned as a weapon and make trinkets of your boyfriend, girlfriend, son, daughter, mother, father, etc?

Is that cool with you, since you’re all about sharing culture?

(Source: frank-e-shadow-tongue)

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