HOW TO STOP APPROPRIATING AND START APPRECIATING BLACK CULTURE
Many of you probably haven’t stopped to think about how your actions affect Black people because the status quo encourages you to explore what you find interesting, to take the clothes and music you’re drawn to and make it part of your life – without thinking about the consequences your choices and actions might have on the marginalized groups who created that thing you’ve claimed for yourself.
So it makes sense if you’ve appropriated Black culture without realizing that you’re contributing to white supremacy. But once you learn about what cultural appropriation does to us Black people, it’s time to do something about it.
That’s why I want to explain how appropriation feels to me, and give you some tools for appreciating my culture without putting me down.