The Ghettoization of Culture

America was once held as a beacon of many different cultures and all of culture’s contributions became a common American culture. That gave way to multiculturalism which started separating each into their own cultures. Now even multiculturalism is on the outs and replaced with a new form of culture ghettoism in the name of “Culture Appropriation”

Culture Appropriation claims that the greater society is oppressing other cultures by taking parts of other cultures and melding it into their own. It is a belief that it is a type of societal oppression and theft that diminishes the culture that the greater society is taking from. It is kin to intellectual property theft but instead of individuals owning property it is a collective property right owned solely by the respective cultures and that only members of that culture have a right to aspects of their culture.

According to Wikipedia:

Cultural appropriation is a sociological concept which views the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture as a largely negative phenomenon.[3] Generally, an assumption that the culture being borrowed from is also being oppressed by the culture doing the borrowing is prerequisite to the concept. This view of cultural borrowing is controversial, both in academic circles, and in general society. According to proponents of the concept of cultural appropriation, such cultural borrowings are problematic for a variety of reasons, ranging from group identity, and questions of cultural oppression, to claims of intellectual property rights.

Clemson University recently apologized for hosting a Mexican Food Fiesta party because of complaints by some students it was a cultural appropriation and thus oppressing Mexican culture to eat Mexican food and celebrate their culture because, in their view, only Mexicans have the right to be a part of Mexican culture and that displays of Mexican culture somehow shows insensitivity to Mexicans.

Another example it is no longer acceptable to depict or refer to anything that is Native-American. They cannot be portrayed in movies. Sports teams cannot be named after them. Gone are toys or clothing that is part of the Indian culture without cries of racism or insensitivity. The result of this is Indians culture has been relegated to a culture reservation out of sight and out of mind to most people.

Another example is black culture. Blacks have been a driving force in shaping the greater culture such as Jazz and Rock and Roll as well as rap and hip-hop but beyond that much of black culture too has been diminished and even expunged. You can no longer portray any aspects of black culture in the media that was prior to the civil rights movement and even now blacks that are portrayed on TV or movies are usually suburban and middle class. Old movies that have blacks speaking in old southern dialects have been deemed racist or racially insensitive and are no longer available or kept buried. It is like the people never existed and has distorted our view of history and even caused historical amnesia.

The idea that melding cultures are somehow racist or contribute to oppression is dangerous and will mainly hurt minority cultures that will be forgotten and harms the greater culture that benefits greatly from other cultures. The benefits of diversity is not supposed to be division but bringing different people together. Movements like “Cultural Appropriation” threatens that and the result is what we have gotten and that is division, mistrust and conflict.

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  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on October 10, 2015 - 6:38 pm

    This is news to me, but I can’t really see it getting any legs.

  2. #2 by Ken Bingham on October 10, 2015 - 7:16 pm

    Larry I added some links and a wikipedia article about it.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on October 10, 2015 - 8:52 pm

    I can’t see this as a problem unless a cultural event is put on for the precise reason of demeaning or making fun of another culture. I can surely understand why American Indians were not happy with the way they were sometimes portrayed on TV as “savages” who didn’t have any language other then moving their hands in front of their mouths saying woo, woo. woo.

    I guess the argument could be made that the Native American mascots and logo’s for sports teams are respectful, but I think if some are offended, the team could change without making a big deal out of it.

    This seems like just one more in a long line of right wing pushes to divide everybody. What do you think Ken?

  4. #4 by Ken Bingham on October 11, 2015 - 8:10 am

    Yes Larry when something is meant to be demeaning that is different but we have flung so far the other way that no one can be portrayed that may even hint of a stereotype.

    Ethnic actors can not get jobs in Hollywood because no one wants to portray an ethnic character because of the risk of offending someone.

    Heck even gay actors can not play gay people because they worry it may show a gay character acting gay. You notice all movies and TV shows with gay characters now can no longer display any kind of common gay characteristics.

    Will and Grace would not be allowed today.

  5. #5 by Ken Bingham on October 11, 2015 - 8:26 am

    Things you will rarely see in TV or films anymore.

    Flamboyant gays.
    Muslim terrorists.
    Non-white villains.
    Ethnic characters.
    Anyone with a foreign accent.
    Native Americans.
    dumb blonds or smart achieving men
    Women must be portrayed as strong and smart while white men are portrayed as inept stupid or predators.

    Of course what this really means is in Hollywood only straight white people or clean cut black actors need apply.

  6. #6 by Larry Bergan on October 11, 2015 - 12:16 pm

    I can’t very well verify what you say Ken. I might be getting old, but I don’t like any of the new shows on TV. I haven’t given any of them a chance though. I am really turned off by all of the forensic, and other crime shows which, although they are very sophisticated, seem to be the next generation of shows from the sixties and seventies like “The FBI”, “Dragnet”, and “The Streets of San Francisco”, which always portrayed law enforcement as sleek operations that always got their guy. I’ve been watching “The Rockford Files” and I like that one because the main characters are always messing up. Maybe they mess up on the new shows too, but the shows portray American life as fearfully dark and dangerous. Probably sells guns. 🙂

    Back on the subject of racism, I have been watching the HBO series, “Breaking Bad”, which isn’t too old a series. It has some of the best writing I’ve ever seen and features many, terribly, negatively portrayed Hispanic characters. The main one, Gus, is portrayed as an almost supernaturally intelligent, very well dressed, but evil as hell man who may have been pushed there by a terrible incident he went through earlier. Boy, does he ever get what’s coming to him at the end of the fourth season. Probably one of the most profoundly shocking scenes I’ve ever seen, but just beautiful in it’s complexly fascinating storytelling. Something you could never forget.

    I like “The Office”. I’d like to see more of that kind of entertainment, although, like I said, I just don’t watch any of the new TV shows.

    • #7 by Richard Warnick on October 13, 2015 - 9:09 am

      I’m not normally a horror fan, but that scene at the end where Gus walks out into the hallway, straightens his tie, then drops dead was pretty awesome.

  7. #8 by Larry Bergan on October 11, 2015 - 12:22 pm

    If you’re one of those who want to go back to a simpler time, you might consider the contemporary views of the actor who portrayed Bud, on the old “Father Knows Best” series. He is upset that the show didn’t address racial issues when it could have helped to make a difference.

  8. #9 by Ken Bingham on October 11, 2015 - 11:12 pm


    The first TV show to really take on racial issues was All in the Family. At the time it was very controversial but America was ready to take on those issues. Unfortunately it was a short window. Racial issues on TV is more taboo than ever unless it is directed at white people or Christians.

    One exception is Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing. Tim Allen takes pot shots at Liberals and even Obama but it is only because it is Tim Alan. Anyone of lesser stature would be drummed out of Hollywood.

    • #10 by Richard Warnick on October 13, 2015 - 9:13 am

      Since I don’t watch Faux News, I have been unaware of the widespread persecution of white people and Christians.

  9. #11 by Larry Bergan on October 12, 2015 - 12:32 pm

    Could it be that Tim Allen saw the light about liberalism after facing life in prison for cocaine trafficking and turning in everybody around him to stay out a prison. Definitely took the contrite route there. I don’t think I’ll be tuning in to “Last Man Standing” or “Duck Dynasty”.

    I had a feeling we’d get around to the true crux of your post, though Ken. You could have just titled it “The Ghettoization of White Christian Males”, No?

    It’s my opinion that the white race has put itself in the penalty box, as far as image. We would have been much better off if we had thrown off our racist ways long before the Mormon church did, symbolically, in 1978.

  10. #12 by Ken Bingham on October 13, 2015 - 9:41 am

    Funny how the left spouts off their own racism and bigotry when ever they bring up racism and bigotry.

  11. #13 by Ken Bingham on October 13, 2015 - 9:46 am

    Fact is the left is not anti-racism and discrimination they have merely transferred the objects of their racism and discrimination to white male Christians and conservatives.

    • #14 by Larry Bergan on October 13, 2015 - 3:00 pm

      Just trying to take a shower for my race, Ken.

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