Yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley discusses how to be mindful of cultural appropriation.
Cultural appropriation is a complicated issue.
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Don't worry, Québec, no matter what you call it, with every mouthful of poutine the world is nodding to you.
Does this mean that if you're not Indian you can't wear a bindi or sari? Well, no – but the line is thin and definitely not straight.
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Canada lays claim to a dish that should be recognized as Québécois.
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For numbers of year now, there has been a movement that seeks to "indigenize" education in Canada. This means that our institutions will have to create an appropriate curriculum for non-indigenous and indigenous educators alike to deliver to a very diverse student body. Can this be done? If so, who will get to say what is appropriate and what is appropriation?
My initial reaction to hearing about the appropriation prize was feeling like I was being slapped in the face. I now realize the Twitter revelations are actually incredibly affirming: they let me know that I am not just imagining things; that Canadian media really is incredibly hostile to the voices of indigenous, black and people of colour.
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"I didn't want to take up space arguing."
Steve Ladurantaye said that he would contribute $100.
"What does it take for this hateful man to be fired?"
Cultural appropriation has become one of those Trump-era terms that gets people literally all a-twitter. But there's one thing you may notice when the topic hits your feeds and timelines - the people who are dismissing it as a joke are, well, white folks.
They could have just hired a Japanese model.
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The reactions are the best.
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Identity politics, long well entrenched in the liberal arts circles of academia, have seemingly broken out of the confines of campus debates and critical theory textbooks, and emerged into the mainstream, suddenly becoming a heated theme in the media.
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A strange phenomenon has been happening over the past decade or so that has stifled great debates, great conversation. I did not truly understand the magnitude of the problem until I began receiving messages from people on Facebook after getting into debates with strangers about one of those hot-button topics. The messages are almost always identical; 'Hey James, just wanted to let you know that I agree with a lot of the points you made today. But I can't jump in because I don't want to get fired from my job.'
She can't stop, won't stop appropriating black culture.
"I did not want my daughter to grow up seeing our culture and sacred regalia mocked."
"In the spirit of Halloween, please keep this in mind."
But they don't quite seem to get it.
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"This feels like a much bigger problem than at École Lajoie. Maybe it's time to demand cultural sensitivity training in all schools. Enough is enough!!!"
And by right we mean with actual black people.
How does it look to have Canada's major department store, Hudson's Bay, teaming up with Dsquared2, the focal point of last year's atrocious "Dsquaw" debacle, to produce the outfits that our athletes will wear in Rio? What does it say about the Olympic Games, the corporate sponsors, and their relationship with Indigenous people in Canada?
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Viewers can't seem to make up their minds if this is a celebration of Indian culture, or a mess of tired stereotypes.
In a system where Joss Stone wins an award for best Reggae artist, it's worth examining the long and storied history of white performers profiting off of historically Black musical genres, and how versions of this inequality exist to this day.
"Yes, there are many different totem poles, NOT just First Nation totem poles."
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The cultural appropriation just doesn't stop.
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From DSquared2's 'DSquaw' to Zendaya's dreadlocks, 2015 was chalk-full of nonsense and controversies.
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The class has been temporarily suspended.
It's not something that should be taken lightly.