Appropriate Some Culture

By J.T. Parker

Apparently the way to stomp out the world’s racism is to verbally abuse a teenage girl the day after her prom. At least, that’s what (literally) thousands of keyboard warriors attempted as they expressed their frustrations toward Keziah Daum, a non-Asian high school student in Utah, who decided to wear a traditional Chinese dress to the big dance.

Ms. Daum is just the latest casualty among many in the war against the dreaded cultural appropriation. She posted this photo the morning after she wore the dress:

And oh, how naïve of her to think she could get away with this atrocity! Upon seeing this racist from Utah in action, some guy named Jeremy Lam (who, by the way, retweeted a meme from a group called “FULL COMMUNISM”, so yeah…) quickly jumped to the defense of downtrodden peoples around the world, retweeting her photo and saying “My culture is NOT your G@ddamn prom dress.”

Well, problem solved, Jeremy! I wonder what you do when you’re not busy being the white knight of civilized culture?

And now we can observe the true powers of the dark side of the internet at its very worst: While Ms. Daum’s original post ended up with roughly 100,000 likes and fewer than 7,000 retweets, Mr. Lam’s retort went absolutely viral, with 179,000 likes and 42,000 retweets. What does this mean? It means there were lots of people quick to pull the trigger and spread the word of Mr. Lam’s brave takedown of this young girl. One such comment: “Was the theme of prom casual racism?”

Casual. Prom dress. Racism.

Here’s how Ms. Daum responded:

“To everyone causing so much negativity: I mean no disrespect to the Chinese culture. I’m simply showing my appreciation to their culture. I’m not deleting my post because I’ve done nothing but show my love for the culture. It’s a fu***ng dress. And it’s beautiful.”

I just…can’t…the bigotry…I can’t believe…

Actually, I applaud her response. She denied the mob their goal, which is to get a solemn apology out of the perpetrator, whether they believe they actually caused any egregious injury, or just want the negative attention to stop.

I also have to wonder if the SJWs recognize what I see: Blatant hypocrisy. Not only are they denying the “melting pot” that is America by excluding the majority of the people from that pot, but there’s another, worse, result.

Claiming that a member of a non-minority (white) culture can’t partake in or appreciate other peoples’ cultures does way more harm than me wearing a sombrero on Cinco de Mayo. That only results in individuals being placed in social boxes based on ethnicity, which can lead to stereotyping, prejudice and ostracism. If the Guatemalan-American kid can’t wear a dobok at Taekwondo class for fear of being called a casual racist on Twitter, can his mom wear a kimono when she visits Japan? Who has time to think about these things?

So I wish the white knights would consider the dangers of their identity politics. Like so many endeavors that are started with good intentions, the unintended consequences often cause greater problems than the original. Keeping peoples segregated into their little victim boxes pushes us away from one another. That won’t lead to us respecting each other’s cultures, it’ll lead to us thinking your culture bred a bunch of over-sensitive crybabies.

Happy Cinco de Mayo, hombres…

 

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