Hating White People is Cultural Appropriation

We’re hearing a lot about cultural appropriation these days, and it’s a topic that I think is pretty stupid, and I’m not going to spend much time talking about it. However, it occurred to me earlier that “hating white people” is cultural appropriation.

For obvious reasons, hating “the white man” didn’t originate with white people. It originated with black people as a response to systemic oppression and racism. Not all black people hate white people, obviously, but it certainly wasn’t gay people who invented hatred of gay people, trans people who invented hatred of trans people, or white people who invented hatred of white people. In every real sense, “hating the white man” and “hating the white devil” are aspects of black culture and Middle Eastern culture.

By adopting this battle cry as your own, white liberals, you are undermining their struggle and appropriating their culture. The black people of whom we’re discussing were abused, enslaved, and oppressed by the white man, and came to hate “him” as a result. You didn’t suffer through that, and adopting their response to that suffering cheapens what they actually went through. It’s the worst kind of cultural appropriation.

So I’m sorry to break this to you, but if you’re white and hate the white man or hate on the white man, you’re guilty of cultural appropriation. Those weren’t your struggles, and that’s not your mantra. That expression–“I hate the white man” is a reaction to widespread abuse and hardship that you didn’t go through. You didn’t suffer through that, you haven’t gone through what they went through, and you haven’t earned the right to hate the white man.

^ Cultural appropriation.

If we want to talk about cultural appropriation, let’s talk about how liberals have appropriated hatred of white people, in the process coopting and undermining the significant and pervasive struggles that led to that hatred. If you condemn white people for making burritos because that’s a hispanic dish, then you have to condemn white people for hating the white man because that’s a black dish.

So, to the white liberals who hate white people, you’re guilty of cultural appropriation. Not only that, but look at what you’re appropriating! You’re appropriating their entire struggle, their response to generations of slavery, rights denial, and abuse. If you think it’s “wrong” to culturally appropriate a burrito, then how wrong is it to appropriate the entire struggle of a race?

3 thoughts on “Hating White People is Cultural Appropriation

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    For obvious reasons, hating “the white man” didn’t originate with white people. It originated with black people as a response to systemic oppression and racism.
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    I’m not sure that’s historically accurate.

    The IDEA of “white people” originated in the 17th century among a specific group of, well, “white people,” for the express purpose of drawing the line between those who could, and could not, be made chattel. There’s no particular reason to believe that hate of this construct didn’t originate among people falling within its bounds but uninvolved in its creation, long before the very notion of “white people” was conveyed to people outside its boundaries. Just sayin’.

    • Fascinating. You know a lot of seemingly random (but awesome) things.

      That being the case, then black people would have culturally appropriated it, which is even more absurd than the facetious article. So many other people have addressed the silliness of cultural appropriation, though, that I just wanted to take a different angle.

      I’m also actively appropriating female culture, and Democrats never complain about that…

      • Oh, don’t get me wrong — I’m a HUGE fan of cultural appropriation. That’s how cultures become better.

        All I’m saying is that the ridiculous idea of “the white race” might have got around Europe and aroused opposition from people being described as “white” before black people in Africa ever heard that that kind of nonsense was the newly manufactured excuse being used to enslave them but not the newly exempt, newly created “white people.”

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