Cultural Appropriation

Cultural Appropriation

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  • Emma wasn’t exposed to any certain cultural traditions or rituals growing up. Both her parents would often be very busy with work that they really never had time to sit down with Emma and walk her through the basics of their ethnic background. 
  • Therefore, she was left with not knowing much about her own culture, but was interested in other cultures and the different rituals that took place in those cultures. 
  • All of the friends that Emma grew up with were from various ethnic backgrounds. Since she had known them for a very long time, she assumed that it would be alright with them if she were to “borrow” parts of their culture. As Emma continued appropriating their cultures, Emma’s friends started getting really offended. And weren't sure what to do.
  • Emma brings her mother's scarves and pretends like they are hijabs. It makes me sad because she doesn't understand what being a Muslim actually means. 
  • Even last week, she came to school with box braids in and it didn't feel right, at all. 
  • Emma sent back to the principals office. This time, because her classmates did not feel comfortable with how Emma would take or “steal” parts of their culture.  The principal then explained to Emma that she were in fact appropriating the cultures which could be considered a form of racism or bullying. 
  •  Each of the rituals or traditions that you are taking from their culture has been passed down to them by many generations. Explain this to me Emma, why is stealing wrong? 
  • But sir, how was I bullying if I’m just trying to embrace their cultures? 
  • OMG YES!!!
  • Shiv proposes to Emma. The ritual of proposals represent the man proposing to the woman, which places importance on the woman.
  • Emma Jones, I love you and I want to be with you for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?
  • What do you think of this dress?
  • Emma is dress shopping for her wedding with her mother and friends. This shows that Emma is expected to follow the traditional western ritual of wearing the perfect white dress on her wedding day.
  • Maybe you should try on bigger white dress.
  • We are going to find you the most beautiful and perfect white dress for your wedding!
  • It is the wedding day! Emma as the bride is the center of attention, as she walks down the aisle towards the groom. The wedding day is usually seen as the woman's day, instead of the couple's day. This ritual represents the significance of the woman as highly valued during the wedding.
  • She looks so beautiful!
  • This is your wedding day! This day is all about you!
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