Appropriation versus appreciation is a difficult topic to discuss or even understand. It seems everyone places their line of distinction in a different place. I’ve read and written a lot about this in relation to Native American cultures. But, it is a concept that needs to be considered when looking at art by, inspired by, and stolen from any indigenous or oppressed culture.
These 7 examples are from a post by Jon Greenberg on Every Day Feminism in February 2015. Other information quoted here came from a 2011 article in Psychology Today by Monnica T Williams.
What is “Colorblindness”?
On the surface, many statements of colorblindness look like they come from a good place, as if the person is trying to take MLK’s words to heart. “People are just people.” “I don’t see color.” “We’re all just human.” “Character, not color, is what counts with me.” Colorblindness is the “racial ideology that posits the best way to end discrimination is by treating individuals as equally as possible, without regard to race, culture, or ethnicity.” (Monnica T Williams)
But, colorblindness is an example of being non-racist versus anti-racist. It is a way to avoid the difficult conversation of race. It comes from a place of privilege. Colorblindness has “helped make race into a taboo topic.” (Monnica T Williams)
February 21, 2016 at 2pm at Civic Plaza, Albuquerque
JOIN TOGETHER TO DEMAND:
- Stop the hate! Stop the violence! We are all together!
- Let’s stand together with our Muslim and Arab American neighbors!
- Let’s stand together with immigrant workers and families!
- Let’s stand together with the Black community fighting for justice!
- Let’s stand together with refugee communities!
- Let’s stand together with women who only want access to reproductive healthcare!
- NO to racist, sexist and anti-LGBTQ violence! Defend those that are under attack!