Honestly? I think these discussions/debate/outrage about “cultural appropriation” are much to do about nothing.
But, I decided some time ago to test myself on that topic, being an individual of half-Arabic descent, married to an immigrant, and with a rather large immigrant family, I thought I could probably get a decent cross section of thought on the topic without having to pay a professional pollster boocoo $$ to assemble the data for me.
What triggered me was this:
Dartmouth Greeks cancel fundraiser for cardiac care over concerns its fiesta theme was racist
The presidents of the Phi Delta Alpha fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority at Dartmouth have canceled a fundraiser for…
Long story short, a fundraiser was cancelled because it involved tacos. Now, this is perhaps more inexplicable to me because I live in Texas, and any decent list of “local cuisine” down here includes tacos, fajitas, and quesadillas; the gringos and mexicanos merged menus down here decades ago. So, to say the least, I considered the above to be a case of “faux outrage”.
But, then, to be fair, I thought to myself……what if this was a frat/sorority fundraiser where everyone was going to be dressed as this and this, eating that, and smoking (ugh) THAT. Would *I* be offended?
Honestly, no. If such a fundraiser were done honestly (e.g., no stereotypical exaggerations, nobody playing up the “terrorist” notion, then, I thought, it would be kind of cute, and actually kind of nice, acknowledging that slowly but surely, we were becoming part of the American Fabric.
But, that’s just me, and I was born here. So I ran it by my extended family…..same response. So, add up another 30 votes from the immigrant community. They all voted “nice idea”.
Then, I saw this. And I got fucking pissed off like you can’t believe.
Yeppers. That’s one of the protests against the so-called “Muslim ban”. That’s some self-appointed “social justice warrior”, completely clueless as to what she is doing, wearing a fucking pussy hat, participating in a solemn religious observance of a faith she does not practice and does not subscribe to.
Note to Social Justice Warriors: You do not show solidarity with me by blaspheming my faith.
It occurs to me that there is a very, very large difference between “cultural appropriation”, which may or may not be insensitive based on its manifestation, and “religious appropriation”. The Muslim prayer is a observance that is preceded by a ritual cleansing, requires specific clothing, involves specific body movements, and above all, implies belief. It’s not something you just plop down and do because you’re in the mood.