On the Fetishizing and Appropriation of Black American Culture:
Everything about being Black is in... Except actually being black, that is. Full lips. Large backsides. Tanned skin. Protective hairstyles. These features--unappreciated and devalued when present naturally in women of color--are glorified, fetishized, desired and applauded as "exotic" when present on non-women of color.
Since society seems to have forgotten, below is quick reminder of the depth, beauty, and pure perfection that is blackness.
1. Our Skin Color:
2. Our Hair:
3. Our Full Features:
4. Our Style:
There's history and context tied to these styles that cannot be ignored, a historical legacy forever linked to the ongoing cultural remnants of slavery and institutional racism. Appropriating these styles dismisses that context and turns blackness into a novelty, a parody--a subtle form of blackface.
OUR STYLE IS NOT NOVELTY. It's poetry in motion. Love it. Love us. Love yourself.
Artist. Writer and Social Critic at www.cocoamoore.com. Black Woman. Future Mommy to a Young Black King. This will be my greatest assignment yet.
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