Cultural Appropriation

Cultural Appropriation
The ridiculous notion that being of a different culture or race (especially white) means that you are not allowed to adopt things from other cultures. This does nothing but support segregation and hinder progress in the world. All it serves to do is to promote segregation and racism. - Urban Dictionary. How is it that were in 2015 and everyone drones on about equality yet diversity but still manage to have a divide through society which no one really wants to talk about.
To be honest I think no one talks about it because they're too oblivious to see it even though it exists and it's a very large problem.
It's everyday cultural appropriation and here's my opinion on it, because quiet frankly not enough people seem to be voicing theirs and I clearly don't mind stepping on a few toes.
Remember when Miley Cyrus twerked on stage with only black female backup singers and dancers? Remember the fall out? Well one of the comments she recieved most was "bitch thinks she's ghetto" now please correct me but um Miley decided to behave in a way society believes is reserved for black people only so suddenly she's ghetto? Oh and also lets just mention the ideology that the ghettos are just for black people.. I'm sure that's factually correct.
Whilst we're on the topic of music and mishaps Complex early this month stated that Kendrick Lamar makes music for black people whilst Drake makes black people music for white people. How do we go about defining the colour of music? And if so does that mean that black people music made by a black person for black people cant be listened to by a white person and vice versa? No? Why? Because white culture is deemed open to all and black cultural is something unknown to man?
Oh please. As if segregation was abolished.
So here's what's wrong with cultural appropriation. The borrowing of another minority or disadvantaged groups traditions and values. Well, if we're being straight forward it's not borrowing technically I would say more along the lines of exploitation and easy access to culture. Who needs to learn about others and their origins when you can just go on holiday and come back with corn rows and a henna tattoo. By allowing ourselves to pick and choose parts of cultures that we think are in, we continue to corner ourselves further into stereotypical boxes.
Plus most of these cultural groups are no longer weak minorities and at a disadvantage.
I'm not trying to say we should chose to ignore other cultures but to rather embrace them in a respectful way. People haven't kept generations of traditions for us to chose and mock which ever ones we think are cool for a season and disregard the others. A little thought and consideration goes a long way.

- A xo