“Didn’t your mother teach you to respect the dead?”
We’ve seen it all: fraternities and sororities throwing parties that mock indigenous people and Mexican culture. Photos of themed events showing party-goers sporting blackface, and more.
Here’s a poet who knows first-hand why these parties are so horrendous.
This is what happens when violence still haunts our family’s histories as our culture is mocked for fun.
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- What, Exactly, Is Cultural Appropriation (And How Is It Harmful)?
- The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation
- Just a Bit of Banter — On Racism and Cultural Appropriation
- In on the ‘Joke’: The Accidental Minority at the Racism Party
Jozer Guerrero is a Denver-based spoken word artist, actor at the Radical Arts Agency, and poet at Art From Ashes. He ranked 4th in the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam.