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    CA is such a minefield.

    We cannot expect everyone to know the history of every culture, or how each culture may feel about our interest(?) in particular things, be it a hairstyle, art, etc. If someone explains to you why they/others find something CA, it's wrong to then dismiss it. Likewise, it's not ideal to automatically assume that person is being disrespectful to a culture, so jumping down their throat shouldn't be the first reaction.

    It also doesn't help that what we do learn in history is often whitewashed.

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    Default Cultural appropriation

    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
    CA is such a minefield.

    We cannot expect everyone to know the history of every culture, or how each culture may feel about our interest(?) in particular things, be it a hairstyle, art, etc. If someone explains to you why they/others find something CA, it's wrong to then dismiss it. Likewise, it's not ideal to automatically assume that person is being disrespectful to a culture, so jumping down their throat shouldn't be the first reaction.

    It also doesn't help that what we do learn in history is often whitewashed.
    Completely agree. I thought more about my fancy dress issue post and really what I'm describing is racism rather than CA. playing dress ups as a racial stereotype isn't CA, it's blatant racism. But wearing a NA headdress is CA.

    It's not an easy path to negotiate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
    t also doesn't help that what we do learn in history is often whitewashed.
    1000 times this. I was horrified when I started taking uni classes about Australian Literature (starting with letters at the time of colonisation/invasion) and started scratching the surface of what really happened in our country. Mind you, I was 24/25 when I went to uni the first time so it had been a long time since high school, but yes- definitely white washed!
    CA is something I have only been aware of the last few years. A good friend of mine is a Canadian who lived on a NA reserve for large chunks of her childhood. We were in a cafe that was filled with the head dresses and she got very upset. It was only after a long conversation with her that I started to "get it". I still think it is a very tricky thing to navigate.

    As a white Australian, I don't feel I have the right to an opinion. All I can do is listen, be sensitive, and change my behaviour it I realise it is culturally offensive to others.


 

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