It’s funny how black culture is celebrated by other cultures without proper credit. Cultural appropriation is so real in these society’s streets!
I know a lot of you will read this and say “It’s just a hairstyle”, or “We should be honored that other cultures want to copy or imitate us”, or “Hairstyles don’t belong to any culture”. You may be right. However, It’s disappointing and soul-crushing to see that when Caucasians rock something that we’ve been rockin’ for years, it is considered “trendy”. The Cornrow has been our quintessential hairstyle for many years but has been dubbed as “ghetto” and “unprofessional”. Now they’re socially acceptable. Our scalps are offended! Mini braids???
To be honest, it’s not just about a hairstyle. I look forward to the day when companies like Tresemme will stop praising other cultures for celebrating black culture while degrading the black culture. From hairstyles to fashion to music, non-blacks will take it all, remix, rebrand, and straight steal all of it and it’ll all hit platinum status with society’s praise. Meanwhile, we cornrow-wearing, ghetto asses are deemed too basic and too black to get proper credit. Ooohhh, the hilarity of it all.
Don’t get me wrong. At the end of the day, I really do feel honored that our culture is celebrated by other cultures. In fact, I embrace it. As a black person, I just want society to recognize that certain trends wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for black culture. There’s a thin line between degradation and exaltation when it comes to our culture.
Us black folks will just have to accept the fact that trends we’ve created will always be imitated and/or embraced. Why? because it’s only natural for any culture to admire the uniqueness of another culture.
There’s an Asian community that embraces Reggae. I’ve watched a documentary on YouTube where they profiled a reggae dance hall. That’s proof that embracing other cultures are happening. There’s nothing wrong with that, in my humble opinion. I just believe in the power of giving proper credit where credit is due. Until that happens, I’m going to continue to do my part and be our cultural cheerleader.