One of the places I work at is a shawarma shop. I’m ethnically Indian. Shawarma isn’t an Indian food, It’s Middle Eastern. Is it cultural appropriation if me and my family make shawarma at home to eat? If you look up the definition of ‘cultural appropriation’, technically, yeah it is.
The thing is, I don’t understand why people get so uppity when people appropriate culture. I mean, I understand if someone is doing it to make fun of a particular aspect of another culture, but what’s so bad about if someone is doing it for the experience?
I had no idea what cultural appropriation was or that it even existed before I joined tumblr. The first time I read about it, I had no idea what to think. I know people get offended over tiny things, but I mean come on, even this?
When someone that’s not a part of your culture tries something from your culture, whether it be wearing cultural clothing or cooking cultural foods, I think it would be better to help them because then they’ll learn about your culture rather than shunning them away and keeping yourself enclosed in your little ‘culture bubble’.
O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). - (49:13)
You crazy SJW’s need to calm down a little bit and start sharing a little more.