First off, I’m going to state right now that I think cultural appropriation is a nonsense term meant to perpetuate the victim culture we seem to be seeing in greater and greater amounts.
However, I’m going to briefly explain why.
Here’s the definition for appropriation.
Cultures can’t be owned, therefore you don’t need permission to take it. There is no owner to which you can direct your question.
In fact, the entire basis for multiculturalism is based on sharing and experiencing different cultures. By trying to place limits on what people can or can’t do, based on something you don’t own, is not okay when it comes to cultures.
The original blogger said this about cultural appropriation.
No it’s not a thing. No you don’t get to label people as racist with no explanation and specious reasoning. And no, celebrating holidays doesn’t make you an asshole.
Yes, you’re being PC and I’m sick of hearing the word privilege. That word doesn’t give people the right to shut down conversation by painting them as racists or other derogatory terms, and it’s not a form of reasoned argument either.
So anyways, when I asked about what the author considered cultural appropriation, I was referred to a different post.
Here’s what it said.
1: Just because it originated that way, doesn’t mean it has remained that way. Holidays evolve, as do societies. Christmas is a great example of this. For some, Christmas is about Jesus, and for others it’s about family, and for others it’s a day off work.
2: It’s not just about alcohol, although that is a component. You’d be interested to know that the more modern model of St. Patrick’s Day evolved because Irish societies in the USA modernized it. As the Irish gained influence, St. Patrick’s Day was made a national holiday. That’s not racist.
Here’s a bit more about how the holiday evolved, and you’ll notice it was a way for Irish Americans to dispel the bigotry and prejudice they were facing.
I really wish people would stop throwing the word ‘racist’ around whenever they wish to stifle conversation. If you’re going to label people as racists or bigots, which is one of the worst things you can possibly call someone, please, please, please read up on what you’re talking about before spouting what you heard on some politically correct website or video.
Look, St. Patrick’s Day is like most holidays – it’s a day to unwind and have a little bit of fun. Not everything is about race, culture and religion. We don’t have to get offended over every little thing. If people want to wear green, have a few drinks, march in a parade, have a few laughs, then just leave them be.
Do you think St. Patrick’s Day is a racist or bigoted holiday?
Cool fact: St. Patrick might not have been Irish