Is Cultural Appropriation A Good Thing or Bad Thing?
One of the biggest problems that we’re facing in our country right now is the Cancel Culture.
An element that gets carried along with the Cancel Culture is the concept of “cultural appropriation” which Oxford defines as “the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of one people or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.”
This recently came up with Kendall Jenner who is being accused of cultural appropriation because she launched a brand of tequila. The criticism she’s been getting is that of “gentrification” of the Mexican culture through her “taking from local Mexican artisans and profiting off our traditions and agricultural business.”
But while the left tends to label cultural appropriation as a bad thing, is it really? I’m sure that most people haven’t even stopped to consider this question.
I want to give a few reasons why I think it is actually good.
First, the problem with the idea of cultural appropriation is that it is built on the false idea that cultures are separate and distinct and that everything about them is completely unique to a particular society, culture, or civilization.
This is obviously not the case. Many cultures share similar traditions and ideas. This has always been the case. Look back to the earliest civilizations such as those in the ancient Near East with the Sumerians, Akkadians, and Israel. You’ll notice a lot of similarities.
Secondly, the idea that any culture owns any particular tradition or idea is false. No one owns tequila. No one owns vodka.
Thirdly, remember when imitation was the sincerest form of flattery? Do you realize how many things we would have to get rid of if we’re getting rid of anything that was borrowed from other cultures? Say goodbye to indoor plumbing, your favorite foods and beverages.
All of this only goes to further divide our country and our planet by continuing to draw these stark lines of demarcation.