Cultural Appropriation is My Culture March 17, 2016Posted by geoff in News.
After reading this column at the National Review, I was stricken by how offensive social justice warriors are to me and my culture.
According to a piece in the Concordian, Concordia College’s official student newspaper, St. Patrick’s Day partying can amount to “subtle cultural appropriation,” and people should be very careful about how they celebrate it.
“Most of the people who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day now do not understand its cultural significance,” student Johnny Wagner writes. “Thus, St. Patrick’s Day is, in fact, an example of subtle cultural appropriation.”
Well, little Johnny Wagner, let me tell you about cultural appropriation, American-style. You see, being an American means being open to cultural influences from anywhere and anyone. It means taking the parts of those cultures that I like, and integrating them into my life as I see fit.
My culture is as valid as any other, and I actually consider that aspect of it to be superior to others. The world is a salad bar, and we’ve paid for unlimited trips to the trough. Other cultures have borrowed liberally from each other – we’ve just institutionalized it.
So if my cultural appropriation offends you, well, that’s just tough, I guess. Your claim that your culture is beyond appropriation offends me. We are the American Borg Collective, and the interesting parts of your culture will be modified and assimilated as we see fit.
…or even mocked, if that entertains us.