There’s this stupid thing on the internet (specifically sites like Tumblr) called “Cultural Appropriation.” Basically it’s an excuse to threaten, berate, curse, and otherwise bully people who are “too white” to wear certain clothes, have certain hairstyles, listen to or play certain music, or have certain hobbies.
Because that hair/clothing/music/hobby “belongs” to another culture and stupid white people have no right to it whether we take it seriously (like the belly dancers I know) or play around with it in stupid costumes at Halloween (basically everyone in the United States.)
It’s an excuse for “social justice bloggers” to get, oh what’s the word we use on the internet these days…oh right, butthurt.
Visit either of those links with caution. The first one might make your head explode from the stupid.
I’m not going to go too far into this internet phenomenon, but I wanted to mention it because it seems that it has somehow found a way to get out of the internet and start infecting real life.
Sort of like Molloch the Corruptor in that on episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
What I mean is that the “afrobeat” band, Shokazoba, who was scheduled to play at Hampshire college had their show cancelled because they were “too white.”
The Hype Committee, which apparently made the call to cancel the band’s show, announced the decision on Facebook on Oct. 24:
“Due to concerned students voicing their opinions about the band Shokazoba, we held community dialogue to hear what individuals had to say. As a result of the dialogue, and discomfort expressed by members of the community in person as well as by email, Facebook, and other means, we have removed Shokazoba from the lineup for Hampshire Halloween.”
Further, a Hampshire College spokeswoman said in a statement that students “questioned the selection of one band, asking whether it was a predominantly white Afrobeat band, and expressing their concerns about cultural appropriation and the need to respect marginalized cultures.”
– The Blaze
To add insult to injury, the Hype Committee is an official Hampshire College group, which to my knowledge means that they are bound by the same rules of non-discrimination as the college itself.
This policy CLEARLY states that Hampshire will not discriminate against anyone for admission or employment:
Hampshire College reaffirms publicly its ethical and legal commitment to a policy of equal opportunity in education and employment.
Hampshire College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, national origin, religion, sex (including sex stereotyping), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic information, or military service in the admission of students; administration of its educational policies, scholarships, and loan programs; and athletic and other College-administered programs.
In fact, the band itself was required to sign a performance contract that stipulated non-descrimination on the part of the band. Too bad that’s a one-way street these days.