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First they criticize, then they copy

By Dysheada Reid
On February 22, 2016

Cultural appropriation is the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture. I like to call it “operation termination,” an attempt to wipe out a race by adopting physical and social characteristics.

The “terminators” do not give credit were it is due and successfully corrupt the minds of naïve, uneducated individuals by tricking them into believing they are the original creators of those cultural elements.

White people are the “terminators” that I speak of. They foolishly believe they are superior. This mentality oozes into all realms of their lives.

I know this is about to sound outlandish, but they believe they are better at being “Black” than Black people.    

Apparently my people aren’t qualified to be themselves.     

Black women are the most disrespected and criticized but surprisingly the most imitated.

In the late 1800s, Victorian women wore dresses that exaggerated their behinds an influence taken from the natural curves of African women.

Kylie Jenner, a part of the Kardashian family, is heavily praised for her inflated lips and butt, which are both fake.    

Recently, MAC Cosmetics posted a picture on Instagram of Black female model Aamito Lagum, naturally full lips. The model immediately received jillions of backlash for the size of her lips.

When these features are on us, we are seen as spectacles or another Saartjie Baartman. 

White people are “browning” their skin, injecting their lips with Botox and getting butt implants to look more “ethnic.” But I bet they won’t boycott or march for unequal treatment that has plagued us for many years. 

FYI: Cornrows, braids, Bantu Knots and locs are hairstyles unique to African culture. It is a way to maintain and protect our curly hair. These hairstyles do not belong to you, so stop wearing them. It’s not just a style to us; it is necessary.      

Customs exclusive to my culture are taken, repainted and spit back into society for sale. And my people do not receive the profit. White people are fascinated with Black culture. They want to come as close to it as possible without getting the “bad” part of being Black. Those bad parts are social, economical, educational and political discrimination.

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