Please stop commercializing black culture for white folks consumption. I mean we know how y’all like to steal elements of our culture without any background information or understanding for what this means to us, but it’s to the point where it’s getting quite offensive.
I see y’all dressing like us, making music like us and talking like us without understanding our community, struggles and challenges we face. Some of y’all do this in the name of being “cool” but when we are screaming hands up don’t shoot, where is Becky with the cornrows? I know you haven’t taken a moment to actually ponder on your actions or taken a step back to see the negative implications your actions have on black folks - who are already a marginalized and disenfranchised group in this country. But Imma need you to stop with the exploitation and extraction of our culture without giving us our proper dues and respect.
No, the Kardashians did not invent cornrows, Elvis Presley was not the King of Rock N’ Roll, and Bantu Knots was definitely not inspired by Marc Jacobs run way show. What is frustrating is that all these individuals appropriate our culture without hardly giving any context or props to black culture. So ya’ll just gone act like Marc Jacobs “twisted mini buns” aren’t bantu knots, a style originated by black women, dating back to the African Zulu tribes, smh.
And while we are called “Ghetto” for rocking our hair in cornrows or dreadlocks or dressing a certain way, when our white counterparts do the same, it is considered being fashion forward, or a trendsetter. Just because you find elements of our culture exciting and inspiring, appropriating it without credit, context and appreciation, is a complete insult to our culture, community and history-so please STOP!
Three women going through life.