“They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. What happens when it’s not so flattering?”
Cultural appropriation is a touchy subject, and we see people get defensive about it all the time. That’s why we’re so glad Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is here to address some of the most common reasons people think appropriating other cultures is okay.
She breaks down the line between cultural appropriation, appreciation, and assimilation, and why this issue matters. If you’d like to borrow something from another culture, you should definitely know this info first.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- What’s Wrong with Cultural Appropriation? These 9 Answers Reveal Its Harm
- The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation
Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is a graphic designer and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 100k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, Chescaleigh and Chescalocs, she and her videos have been featured on numerous style and entertainment blogs and news publications including MTV, The New York Times, Essence.com, and The BBC. In January 2012, Franchesca had her first viral video “Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls” which accumulated 1.5 million views in 24 hours, 6 million views in a week and over 9 million views to date. Follow her on Twitter @chescaleigh.