Actual Culture Appropriation

This is in response to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issuing a save to wolves and other wildlife that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service tried to kill off.  Minnesota was one of the relevant areas.  The timber wolves are now safe … for the time being.  And consider that there’s a sports team called the Minnesota Timberwolves.  It’s a crime against nature to kill off a species, then name a sports team after it.  Ask the Native Americans.

So.

You know all that bullshit flooding the country about “race/culture appropriation”?

I call it bullshit because it’s sickeningly, offensively, ironic.

Consider the fact that Native Americans have been dealing with *actual* culture/race appropriation for centuries.

During and after the US Government’s genocide of an entire ethnic culture, we have also added a myriad of things with Native American names:

Rivers, counties, cities, towns, villages, states, buildings, farms, companies, sports teams, schools, etc., etc., etc.

And if you’re from an ethnic culture that isn’t Native American and you bitch about your culture getting appropriated, consider the evidence around you of real-world theft.

Now consider your own objections and tell yourself, “It could be worse,” then breathe a huge goddamn sigh of relief that it isn’t.

Does this mean that I think your objections aren’t valid.  No.  But ask a Native American how they’ve fared with fighting against the same thing.  And then consider that their persecution continues (see Dakota Access Pipeline) and yours could be on par but isn’t–and this in no way excuses or minimizes the criminalization of ethnicities over the last 40 years. (see mass incarceration)

My POINT is that the Native Americans continue to be marginalized and appropriated.  Every time someone suggests reparations, they are met with harassment.  Every time someone suggests getting respect via the dislodging of mascot names, they are met with harassment.  And you, a non-Native American, are bitching about someone using a cultural symbol because they like the look?

Perspective, people.  It could always get a lot worse.  Doesn’t mean you should shut up about it but please consider the literal ground you walk on.

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