And that being a “gypsy” isn’t exactly correlative to a “love of travel”. The Romani moved around because they had to. Because every country they went to they got ran out and called names…like “gypsy”.
You skinny white girls dressing in color patchwork rags and wearing damn…
Clearly some one doesn’t like people. I understand your distaste for people Who are not educated however calling people out on skin color and their life and fashion choices is just as silly. Just because your Skin is whte doesnt mean you dont have some thing to do with a culture other then being white Can’t we all share and be open to each others interests and life styles?
“Can’t we all share and be open to each other’s interests and lifestyles?”
No. And I’ll tell you why.
Because for hundreds and hundreds of years, the Rroma have been run out, persecuted, and subjugated all over Europe. Matter fact, this is STILL going on. Just recently, I read an article that an apartment building full of Romani families was BURNED DOWN because the white folks didn’t want “any fucking gypsies” in their country.
Second, fashion choice? Bitch, our culture (I’m African—Nigerian to be specific, but I’m speaking for my Rroma and Native friends and all other POC here) is not a goddamn fashion fetish for you to just throw on and model for your other hipster friends.
You making money off of cultures, traditions, and clothing styles that are deeply ingrained to our very heritage and identity not only cheapens us in the eyes of history, but it’s just fucking wrong. Capitalizing on another culture just because you’re feeling a little “bohemian” and want to take Instagram photos in some nondescript grassy field, throwing together orishirishi bullshit and calling it “Native inspired” or “gypse [insert bullshit pseudopoetic noun here]” or “going tribal” is not right.
And guess what? When people who are indigenous to the cultures you’re appropriating for your own entertainment say they’re offended and think it’s wrong? YOU’RE FUCKING WRONG. Plain and simple. It’s like you punching me in the face and me telling you to stop, but you say “But I like punching people in the face, shouldn’t we be free to punch people in the face?”
You’re punching us in the face, oyinbo. You won’t catch me in a qi pao talmbout “I’m feeling Chinese” and shit when I know nothing about how a qi pao is worn and the history behind it. That’d be appropriating. I’d actually rather go to China, immerse myself in the culture for a while, and really learn about it, but I would never jock it as a fashion statement. That’s an insult to the Chinese; even if some of them don’t feel it is. I respect other people’s cultures by learning about them—not taking them and making a patchwork quilt and calling it “inspiration”. I’m not going to throw on a bindi with a kimono any time soon, but I will learn the purpose and history of a bindi, and the history and purpose of a kimono.
There’s a huge difference between respecting another culture and appropriating it. And because we don’t fucking like the latter, you’re crying White Woman’s Tears in hopes of appealing to our better natures. See below:
Well guess what? Centuries of systemic oppression, prejudice, racism, subjugation, humiliation, appropriation, forced assimilation, and torture at the hands of (hate to say it) WHITE PEOPLE, will earn you nothing but backlash for this “we are one people, we are the world” apologistic bullshit.
Take your “let’s share and share alike” bullshit and shove it up your ass. Leave our traditions alone and intact, because after centuries of having them taken from us, misconstrued as faerie stories and entertainment for bored middle-class white people, it’s all we have left that give us an identity.
White people don’t own the world, and it’s time ya’ll learned that some of us would like to remain who we are and you need to stop TAKING EVERYTHING just because you feel it’s your right.
Am I getting through to you, oyinbo?
If not, I don’t give a fuck, but I’m tired of explaining this shit to people. Do some research on the histories of these cultures you want to jock so badly. And when I say history, I mean real history. Not that prettied up bullshit they shovel down your throat via public education.
This is a guide to answer some of your racial questions. I am not sure why we still need to explain some of these things in the year 2012 but here it is!
I will let you know that this is coming from my personal perspective so the races being spoken about are black and white. I am not intentionally leaving out other races. I can only speak from my own perspective.
15 things every good racist/non-racist should know