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“Conversations on Race: What is Cultural Appropriation?”
March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Our language, spirituality, music, art, and traditions make up important parts of our culture. Each bead and feather of a Native American’s tribal clothes and headdress are imbued with stories and meaning. A Rastafarian’s dreadlocks signify a fear and respect for God. So is it wrong to want to use these symbols yourself? “If you’re looking for ways to appreciate other cultures, but you haven’t yet thought about how to avoid appropriating them, then it’s possible that you’re doing more harm than good” says writer Maisha Z. Johnson.
Cultural appropriation is when members of a dominant group take elements of a marginalized group’s culture without honoring or understanding the true meaning of what they’re taking. It involves a power imbalance and often perpetuates stereotypes.
What are your thoughts? Join us as we explore cultural appropriation. The discussion will be facilitated to support the conversation. Join us to listen, learn, and talk openly with others striving to move racial justice forward. We welcome anyone who is committed to working to dismantle racism and build an inclusive community. Never been? Come at 6:45 pm to ask any questions. Bring a friend!