The services of black people are no longer needed. It is clear that black people create…Europeans imitate. They seem to have a fascination with black culture but despise black people. They like jazz,hip hop and r&b music. But they feel it’s better if delivered in a white package.
No one has been more overhyped than gay singer Sam Smith. His music is constantly on the radio.
And the only white singer more overhyped than Sam Smith is probably singer Adele. White people love this woman. Some white music critics have called her sound the “new soul”. I beg to differ. Her voice doesn’t move me like black soul singers. Adele’s voice is closer to someone like Celine Dion than someone like Aretha Franklin. Many black singers like Marvin Gaye or Al Green have songs that touch your spirit and bring you to tears. White singers like Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke can’t quite pull that off. Adele has a decent voice. But it’s nothing if you compare her voice to singers like Patti Labelle,Anita Baker,Whitney Houston,Nina Simone,Chaka Khan or Gladys Knight. They make her sound average at best.
Cultural appropriation is when somebody adopts aspects of a culture that’s not their own.
But that’s only the most basic definition.
A deeper understanding of cultural appropriation also refers to a particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group.
That’s why cultural appropriation is not the same as cultural exchange, when people share mutually with each other – because cultural exchange lacks that systemic power dynamic.
It’s also not the same as assimilation, when marginalized people adopt elements of the dominant culture in order to survive conditions that make life more of a struggle if they don’t.
For many people, barriers like classism, racism, and xenophobia mean they don’t have the right look, language, or position of privilege to earn income with their culturally specific tools – and yet oftentimes, white people can turn those same culturally specific tools into profit, thereby hurting the community they’re borrowing from.