The Evils of Cultural Appropriation: Why Kim K Can Kiss My (Natural Black) Ass

Mallory Merk went viral after putting up this picture of her hair braids.
Mallory Merk went viral after putting up this picture of her hair in braids.

I saw this one article not too long ago where some 12 or 13 year old white girl got braids and she was ridiculed for it. I didn’t see the issue. She was just a little girl who wanted to try a new hairstyle. What was the big deal?

Then, I visited the Picasso museum in Barcelona, Spain. While waiting in (the longass) line, a sanitary worker came and emptied the trash next to me. She was a (white) Spanish woman and she had micro braids.

I studied them and wondered how they stayed. Oh, rubberbands. Then I looked around at the tons of other people from various countries who were tourists just like me waiting in line to get in. I knew they probably had no idea where micro braids originated from (Africa) or they may have never even seen them before.

These are micro braids, FYI.
These are micro braids, FYI.

They’d probably think it’s some cool European hairstyle, I thought. Then, I envisioned all of the women across Europe wearing micro braids. Because it was just the style. Before you knew it, over subsequent generations, micro braids have just always been THE European style. (Clearly I have an overactive imagination.)

Only a day later I saw photos of Kim Kardashian modeling in some corny futuristic-looking dress with cornrows in a beehive pattern just like black women wear under their sew in weaves and wigs. (See below.)

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Girl, why she ain’t finish doing your hair?

Hey! People copy what celebrities do all the time. Yep, you guessed it. I had another vision of all American white women wearing those cornrows and over generations, its roots being forgotten.

You mean to tell me that black culture is the new white high fashion? Why am I surprised when they were calling bantu knots, a traditional black hairstyle used to create curls, “mini-buns” not too long ago. THEY’RE CALLED BANTU KNOTS. (Chinny bumps if you’re Jamaican.)

Think I’m just being overly sensitive and have an overactive imagination? White people have stolen from black culture numerous times before.

THESE ARE BANTU KNOTS.

Look at rock and roll. Think white people invented that? THINK AGAIN. Although now it’s largely dominated by white people, rock and roll was created by black people. Elvis Presley, who is widely believed to be the king of rock and roll, told Jet magazine, “A lot of people seem to think I started this business. But rock ’n’ roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that kind of music like colored people. Let’s face it: I can’t sing like Fats Domino can. I know that.” (Source.)

Oh. But that was ages ago. Then why were black UK artists snubbed when the BBC did their list on the top artists in black and urban music just last month? Four of the five artists were white. Ed Sheeran came in as number one. Ed motherfuckin’ Sheeran.

No diss to Ed Sheeran. I love his music.
No diss to Ed Sheeran. I love his music.

Don’t even get me started on Macklemore winning a Grammy for best rap album. Even Macklemore said he didn’t deserve it and apologized to black rapper Kendrick Lamar for winning. Whaaat?

“Appropriation occurs when the appropriator is not aware of the deep significance of the culture that they are partaking in.” –Amandla Stenberg

And if you’re wondering, twerking had been around long before Miley Cyrus made it known to the white public. Fat asses didn’t originate with Kim Kardashian either, but she helped make it acceptable, beautiful, and fashionable to white people who criticize these features on black women all the time.

Wait. I’m having a flashback to American history. Wasn’t Christopher Columbus the one who came to a random country and called it his although the natives had been living there for ages? No wonder why White Americans thinks it’s okay to steal from Black American culture. Whole countries were stolen out here. It’s not just stolen people.

What’s the real problem? The problem is people don’t know the history of things because people are ignorant and just accept things blindly.

Moreover, you’re thinking things that belong to us are yours yet you insult us and think you’re superior to us WHEN YOU GOT OUR SHIT. *woosah*

Excuse me. It makes me angry and I’m not the only who’s angry. Rapper Azealia Banks cried her heart out in an interview about hip-hop. She said she didn’t want to share hip-hop with white people since they’ve stolen everything else. “All it says to white kids [when Black culture is stolen] is ‘Oh yeah. You’re great. You’re amazing. You can do whatever you put your mind to,’” she says, “And it says to black kids, ‘You don’t have shit. You don’t own shit, not even the shit you created for yourself.’”

And then there are these crickets that I spoke about in my last post. Where are these white appropriators when shit hits the fan and government-sanctioned murders of black people happen left and right? If you want to adopt Black culture, take all of it, the negative stereotypes that result in innocent deaths included.

Are you a cricket?
Are you a cricket?

How long before all of Black American culture is taken and it’s believed to be White America’s all along? Cultural appropriation can kiss my natural black ass.

“What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?” –Amandla Stenberg

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14 thoughts on “The Evils of Cultural Appropriation: Why Kim K Can Kiss My (Natural Black) Ass

    1. I respect your opinion, but I disagree with you. I’m actually going to post an article on black hair specifically, so subscribe for that! Would love to hear your thoughts on that. Thanks for reading! xoxo

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  1. Are you Middle Eastern? Because if you’re not, your first name is an example of cultural appropriation from that region.

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    1. No, I am not. I am black American. And no, it is not cultural appropriation, because the definition of cultural appropriation involves a powerful group stealing of culture from a group of people they oppress without acknowledging where that bit of culture comes from. In short, there is a power dynamic involved with cultural appropriation. Black Americans do not oppress Arabic-speaking countries. Yes, my first name and second name (Amirah) are Arabic, something that I’ve always acknowledged and taken pride in. What that is an example of is cultural mixing, cultural sharing, cultural fusion, or whatever you want to call it when one culture borrows from another. Yes, the black community have often looked to Arabic names for inspiration, something that came about as Islam spread from Arabic-speaking countries. This is not cultural appropriation. Thanks. Try again. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment, but learn the definition of a word before you use it.

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  2. Layla means night in Hebrew. (probably in Arabic also)

    A girl just wanted braids!
    what horrible things could happen with a girl with braids?
    I think in jazz no one blame non-blacks with cultural appropriation.
    even though that no non black jazz player can prove that he’s:
    “aware of the deep significance of the culture that they are partaking in.”

    how does anyone can prove that he’s “aware of the deep significance of the culture that they are partaking in.”
    while having braid or a rap album?

    In Israel the Persian rug dealer isn’t offended when Ashkenazi (the dominant culture) purchase a rug.
    the Arabic hummus restaurant won’t be offended when Jews going to eat there (or Jews having their own hummus restaurant).
    we still have other race problems, stereotypes and prejudices to handle.

    US is multi-cultured so its only trivial that it will mix.
    No one will forget the roots of jazz, rap and R&B.

    it could be because the of past segregation that leads to culture protection in the SJW margins of the internet.
    And the small amount of mixed raced people in US.

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  3. Jeez, this is all so racist. White people cant do certain things just because black people “invented” it? Hmmm, maybe the black folk should stop using things white people invented…OH WAIT! All they would ha e is peanut butter! Doesn’t it sound familiar too, one race can’t do something because another does it….hmmm where have I heard this before…hmmm where one race is punished for acting like the other…OH THAT’S RIGHT! SLAVERY! FASCISM, OPPRESSION, AND RACSM. This is absolutely hypocritical and a disgusting article.

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  4. I’m Scottish. Don’t want to see anyone in a kilt. Actually, I hope I do because sharing makes the world a better place.

    No one has ownership of a hairstyle.

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