OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE: LEARNING ABOUT OTHERS CULTURE

Woman Wearing Green Sari Dress

“Try something new.”


it’s all i know

As a young male growing up in Southeastern Wisconsin, there was not much diversity going on in the city. So when I moved to New York City, I will say it was quite overwhelming. Still sometimes the city can be a lot, but I am able to manage a lot more than in the beginning. But I have moved here and weathered the storm to stay. But this isn’t about living in a new city, it’s about getting out of your comfort zone so that you can learn more and succeed in the process. I for one am a person who has to always work on getting his own comfort zone to make things happen in my life. And because of that I find myself opening a window to so many opportunities.

knowing less is not an excuse

In New York City there are close to one hundred ethnic groups from around the world. And the reality is, is that you’re not going to know everything about everyone. But there are enough people within a certain to understand. Because it’s one thing for a city of 1,000,000 to have a group that makes up less than half of one percent of the population. Then there is another to know nothing about the city makeup of a group that constitutes 45% of the entire cities population. This means you are living in serious proximity of another group and to not have nothing to know about each other is mind boggling.

fear shouldn’t hold you back

Coming from a different background or from a different country and then visiting that location is scary. I work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and I see tourist from different parts of the world and there is something so brave about moving about a place you have never been. NYC is a scary place if you are just coming to America for the first time. But this is not everywhere in America. Most places are not this fast and big. I have my scary cultural hang-ups as well but they are dating. And I promised myself I would get out of that zone.


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MY VOTE MY DEMISE: ARE WE TOO SERIOUS ABOUT OUR POLITICS

 

I Voted Sticker Lot

“In a Democratic Republic.”


who really cares

Ever since the United State President elect Donald J. Trump came to office this country has been at odds. People are going as far as cutting off their own family for their political affiliation. But the main issue that I have is not who you voted for, but why are people so invested in each others political views. We, for some reason have to be so in tuned with the reasons why someone voted. We act as if the people who are doing the voting are also making the country’s decisions. When in reality, even the people they elect are not going to be doing as much as we think they are while in power. So what is the real reason we have so much vested interest?

on my side or your side

In America you are either Democrat or Republican in this country. And if you don’t have a political affiliation then people accuse you of straddling the fence. But when you fall on the side of one of the parties then you stand a chance of upsetting someone. For me, I am more liberal then conservative, but not by much. I am about 55% liberal and 45% conservative; which makes me very moderate in this country. But for most people in America today they are either 80% or 90% on one side over the other. And they have this prevailing theory that if you are not in my party then you are against me. And in a country where we are supposed to be celebrating the freedom to choose, we are targeting people for their political party options.

it should be free

Our politics should be our free way of expression but for some reason it has changed. And the current president has caused so many people to split and choose sides. But what if he wins twice? Does that mean that more and more people are going to split and choose sides? Who knows, we will have to wait until 2020 to see how things pan out.


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I DO IT FOR THE CULTURE

 

Photo of a Woman Wearing Sari Dress

“What a time to be alive.”


2 months of intrigue

These are the months that I have waiting for my blog. This is where we will analyze culture for the months of September and October. And when I say the word culture, there are many different forms of culture. There is the ethnic culture, and then there are the social cultural influences that affect our lives. And the social/political have been the biggest. Especially considering in the next four months we are heading for another presidential election cycle. So our culture in America is very broad and ambiguous. But I am not just going to limit it to America, I have some things overseas in foreign countries that are of intrigue as well. So enjoy and continue to support the site.


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SHARE THE WEALTH: SHOULD WE SHARE EACH OTHERS CULTURE

Photo of Woman Portrait Wall Art

“Appropriation or credit?”


we the people

As a citizen living in the United States, you always hear the term “cultural appropriation.” And I understand the ramifications connected to the appropriation of ones culture. And the reality of it all is this, should we share each others culture. Because in America, where so many different groups reside, should we be living as a whole in one nation yet still separated in the same space? Especially if you live in a major hub like I do in New York City. How do you not try to connect on some level to the different groups around you? But how do others within groups feel themselves about sharing what they have with the world? Because the idea of culture is strong, but segregation is archaic considering you’re putting a distance between the species.

for the love of it

We all might have a shared love interest for something and that strengthens the culture. Typically this form of culture is music, movies, and dance. This is something that is engraved in the identity of this country. People from around the world have an affinity for American culture because of the diverse nature of our entertainment. Everywhere in the world the entertainment is very centric to what is in the group’s culture that reside in that country. We have so many different people with so many different stories, you don’t have to worry about the same story being told over and over. And we are more than welcoming to allow people to explore the American cultural landscape. But it starts to get into some grey areas the moment you get into ethnic and religious practices. Well, I will say, more so with ethnicity than religion.

adoption is illegal

If you come a group of people who have had their history lost or stolen, then you typically are quite protective of that culture. And whoever comes in, you are critical as to why they are coming into the culture. And what happens when someone adopts something, then write it off as their own? What happens if the group is so small they don’t have a big enough voice to fight back. Then their identity is lost or becomes a trend. And cultures have taken at times thousands of years to be eradicated in a quick stint. For example, people think of the Swastika as a Nazi symbol, when in reality it is a strong Indian symbol. It was created for hate, yet adopted and now has the connotation of genocide.


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IDENTITY: THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG CULTURAL IDENTITY

“A name, a religion, an identity.”


 so so important

In a world where social and political strife has been erupting lately, what is the significance of having an identity on a ethnic level mean to you? Because I can speak for my myself coming from a family who were descendant of slaves, there is no real strong culture like a lot of families globally. Meaning we don’t have an official language, religion, country, or namesake.

actor, adult, ancient

And the problem with not having an identity of your own, and having someone else dictate your identity, is that you seek validation from that group. And then when that group shows the slightest bit of disinterest there is this fight to be had. It’s why you must define yourself, and not look to other groups to do it for you.

the fear that is identity

Why would there be fear connected to the identity of another person? Well, the reason why fear exist is because you seek to control a group of people. How do you control people who have their own cultural identifier. Little you say or do matters to them as a people. But when you are able to manipulate and control, that group needs you.

And the reason why you may seek to control is because there is a supremacy factor. Supremacy lies in the ability to feel better than another group of people. But also you need another group to show why you’re not in your supreme position so you can have a reason to continue to hate and look to self as the reason you’re not successful.

shifts and changes

As time progress, will we see cultures collapse, and due to war and conquest. But we may see the decline to the introduction of more and more technology. The cultures of the past that have held groups together has gone from one of isolation to one of inclusion. We are becoming more and more a one world place to live.

But can that last forever (togetherness), since we as people have a hard time coexisting for too long. There always going to be someone who wants a little more than someone else. Someone working harder or going to be smarter. And that advantage will bring us together, but will also give rise to new wars and separation. Man loves having an advantage, and with that comes power, and with power comes abuse. So thinking we will be this one world place in the future is farfetched, which is why cultural identity is important.


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APPROPRIATORS: WHEN CULTURAL APPROPRIATION FEELS UNCOMFORTABLE

“When it goes bad.”


cultural appropriation

What is cultural appropriation? Well, cultural apprpriation is when someone of another culture adopts the look of someone elses’ and writes it off as their own. Now, do they do this on purpose, or is this a blunder that draws criticism?Related image

how it becomes problematic

To me, I don’t think people are doing things that will purposely remove the element of the group. But when are you of a dominant group and where something this tends to happen. For instance if you are a White American.

If you are a White American and wear your hair in corn rows because you might have seen a well-known Black celebrity or friend of yours in this style. Then you draw criticism because now, it’s called boxer braids when you sport it.

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Image courtesy of artist: Shannon Wright 

Not only does the name change, but the connotation that comes with it. Because when African Americans do it, it’s considered unprofessional or a thug mentality. But it’s a breakthrough when White Women do it. Is this a lot of White women’s fault, no.

We live in a country where the mainstream media picks up on something and they exploit it more than the single female herself. They push the narrative and it becomes all the rage. Like Miley Cyrus twerking. This was popularized by Black female strippers, but she does it and it becomes the dance of the year.

what do people expect

We all are very protective of our cultures, especially when someone on the outside does something that mirrors what we do. Yet, like I said before, it’s not an intentional move to remove a group’s credibility. And to be honest, it wouldn’t matter if someone does give the proper respect. Society may still run with whoever they like in the end.

But also outside of the giving of just do, you can’t also get made when someone from the outside wears something that they find stylish, but society places a different guideline for the look. Like a Miley Cyrus twerking video. She could say all day where she got it, Kim Kardashian could say corn rows; views will be views.

Yo have to change a social construction of the ideologies behind the differences. You can address the person doing all day, but it’s out of their hands. They (appropriators) can show respect all day, the view is different in the eyes of masses because how people perceive another group of people. Meaning Kim K is not viewed in the same light as when a Black woman in corn rows because the “negative image” of Black women has to shift.


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CULTURAL LIMITATIONS: IS IT LIMITING TO ONLY BE INTO YOUR CULTURE

People Looking Mosque

“Why find out about others when you have so much?”


what is it?

Culture is the shared belief, attitude, feeling that a group possesses which makes that group who they are or what they do. Usually, we connect culture to ethnic, religious, and social background. The above photo is of the Taj Mahal,  a monument located in India. It was built by Shah Jahan to honor the woman who died giving birth to their child. It has not only been a place for Indians to visit, but also couples from around the world. Anyone who is anyone in love have come, or plan on visiting the Taj Mahal.

ones own culture

Your culture is more to you than anyone else. To someone else it could be good music or good food. But to you, there is a story behind everything you do. Since the movie Black Panther has Image result for african clothescome out in theaters, the fictional land of Wakanda is spurred an Afrocentric style of dress. But the style of clothing that worn by Africans is more than just a fashion trend, it is a story. The colors, the elaborate print tell a story depending on what tribe you belong to in Africa. So for soRelated image many Africans, the idea of knowing ones culture only is not limiting but empowering. The same applies for Italians, Jews, Irish, Chinese, Indian, and many others who take pride in in their traditions.

limits

If there are any limits to just knowing your own culture besides not getting to know something else great. You also limit your opportunities to work in so many environments. When you are a universal person, you are able to travel and live anywhere in the world. For me, growing up in a predominantly African American family, my mother always wanted us to learn other cultures in addition to our own. She felt that it opens up so many doors for you to go so many places.


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