MINE OR THE WORLD’S: WHY WE COVET CULTURE

Traditional Indonesian Wedding

“It’s mine, all mine.”


protective cultures

What would people think if me, a Black male were to wear a traditional Japanese outfit, or attire myself in traditional Indian clothing. I wonder how many would get upset by the decision for me to do so. And that is where you see who is protective of what as it pertains to culture. The reason people tend to be protective is that they do not want the meaning of what it is they do and why they do so to lose its lure and historical importance. Imagine if I were to wear clothing that is an outfit wore by Indians and it became popular. Without expressing how it came to be, it could be seen as a trend I started. Which would be considered disrespectful to Indians. what are other reasons for the protection?

good guy bad guy

There are behaviors or customs that are alright by one group. But the moment the other group adopts the exact same behavior, then for some reason it is seen as fine. And that is another reason why the culture tends to be protective. How can you say that rap music is bad when Black people do it. Then a White rapper expressing the same violent rage and sentiment and he is seen as expressing his artistic emotions. We are not talking anything else but a change in the hue of the person performing. Then it becomes the thing that is cool that the dominant group does and no longer an origin of the original group.

america is not your typical country

Living in the United States, this is a country that is considered a place where people come from all over the world to live. There is no such thing as an American custom that exist in China, or Russia, or India, or Egypt. We have many different things brought over by many different people. So when it comes to culture, this country shares cultures because of our close proximity to one another. Your neighbor is not someone that lives in the next country over. They are people next door to where you live. So it makes sense that we easily adopt one another’s customs. It is not always intentional. It’s our overall way of life because we are so close.


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CULTURE CRITICS: PEOPLE FROM THE OUTSIDE

 

Brown Wooden Gavel

“Not my cup of tea.”


those who have no interest

A lot of people have no interest in pushing culture forward, and they could care less what happens to the culture. But when these same individuals really do want a say in what the culture does, then t becomes a problem. Because if you have no interest and don’t care for it, then what’s it to them if it ultimately fails. So we cannot allow these types of people to get their hands on the culture. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but they should not have a seat at the table. But who are these people and how do we spot these types of people? Well, it can be difficult because sometimes these people come in disguise.

listen close to the critique

People don’t always just come out and say I don’t like this cultural thing or this thing. Sometimes people have a critique where they try to circumvent. They create some type of work around so they don’t have to outwardly say what they don’t like. So you have to have the objective ear to understand what it is they are saying to you. For example, some people may try to say they don’t like your culture because it far too rowdy. But then the music they listen to is just a gritty. Then what they do is create some type of work around to deflect away from the conversation so they don’t have to deal with what you asked them. But sometimes it’s harder, but make sure when you listen, don’t be too biased. Be able to decipher between objective opinion and plain out hate.

do they matter

We have to think long and hard if these people who hate truly matter to us. Because if they are aiding the culture, and have no impact, why do we care. We shouldn’t unless the culture is weak in the first place. But what we should do is act as if they don’t exist. Because rest assured you have no impact on their culture.


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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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