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Shylo, while I can understand where you’re coming from, there is a vast difference from white people wearing hoops, to black people wearing a straight blonde wig. No white person has seen racism or discrimination from their straight blonde hair. Many parts of black culture including hoop earrings have been dubbed as “unprofessional” or are criticized and shown racism for expressing their culture/styles. It is the history of oppression that makes something cultural appropriation. It is the fact that certain styles or articles of clothing have a much deeper meaning that is meant for the people involved within that culture/ group of people to bring them closer together. To compare that to straight blonde hair is an ill comparison. white people do not face racism, we are the oppressors.
I fully agree cultural appropriation is a problem. When the fashion industry decides powerful cultural symbols such as dreadlocks, bindis, and Native American headdresses can be used as a trend with no context, that is disgusting. This is a serious problem that must be addressed.
However, hoop earrings do not fall into that category. Hoop earrings were worn by the ancient Egyptians, Asians, Romans, and greeks. They were also seen on the soldiers of ancient Persia.
Hoops were very popular in the 1820’s taking influence from roman culture. In the 1900’s they became popular in Latin American and Native American culture. In the 1970’s they were popular thanks to icons such as Cher and Diana Ross wearing them. They continued to remain in popular culture up until curtain times.
There are many serious examples of white people stealing from rich and beautiful cultures. Hoops is not one of them. There has been a prevalence of hoops in white, asian, Hispanic, and Native American cultures as well as black cultures.
To claim hoops as a symbol of black culture is disrespectful to the Latino, Native American, and Asian women who have been wearing hoops for centuries. Hoops have a rich diverse history that should be shared by all. They have been a piece of many different cultures over many different time periods. It is beautiful thing.
Firstly I understand certain things can be cultural appropriation but not hoop earrings. Honestly, they have been around forever, and at times certain cultures have been more associated with them, sure, but white girls have been wearing them a long time too. They are not a new trend for anyone. I’ve been wearing hoops almost every day of my life since I was about 11, and I’m in my early 30s. If I were to go missing one day, I’m sure they would draw my missing person picture with hoops.
Cultural appropriation should be reserved for things that are done maliciously.
I found numerous Marilyn Monroe photos in the 60s or Bridgette Bardot or Elizabeth Taylor all rocking hoop earrings a long time ago. This is not a new thing.
If true equality is going to happen, people need to stop putting people in boxes; oh, this culture can do this and this that. If a black woman wears a straight blonde wig, is that not cultural appropriation? I mean, where does the insanity end. I am not insensitive to things by any means both my children are half Jamaican. But these kinds of articles aren’t going to bring people together it will ostracize people unnecessarily.
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