Winne Harlow posted the following on Instagram today giving her raw version of how she viewed cultural appropriation, read below:
I agree & am knowledgeable to these things. & by all means I get it. But It’s one thing to recreate my skin & wear a crown in a photo, & it’s another to recreate my face & then wear a noose (which is not the case). There is a difference in love vs hate & it’s easy to see.
There’s this fine line between stealing & showing appreciation or seeing that something’s are being accepted by the world.
There are things that have been taken without recognition (from Art, to culture, to language and beyond and from many races including our own), this is not one of them.
One big comment I saw on my post was “u can’t play both sides” but it’s that same mentality that keeps us stagnant, sitting in the same mind frame as our predecessors who dealt with things that are & can come to an end if we could Really see each other as equals, & not just claim we do.
I proudly stand on the Gray Line that blurs black from white. I am happily a mix of many races and creeds! I am of African, Indian European and Asian decent and identify as a Proud Black Canadian Woman, and I Never forget the Canadian because that is the Gray. Being Canadian or American should remind you of this beautiful melting pot we are, and that the world is turning into.
People are so prideful that they die & protest to be accepted, & when they are, they still find fault?.
When a white girl wears braids why can’t we say “woooy big up di gyal deh ah show di world and agree seh Our culture is something beautiful to wear and to be celebrated” rather than getting offended and upset.
And when a black fan paints their face to look like mine then what…will u turn it into “appropriation of vitiligo” or will u be able to except something’s as public examples of LOVE? -_- #1LOVE
Winnie was responding to a series of photos where people were creating her face on pictures.
Here is what I loved about the way she viewed the whole thing, she sees love, 100% love, when she thinks about appropriation. I like it because sometimes when we think about such a difficult subject that is the safest place to be.
Many of us are not sure how to view appropriation even now. Every time Kylie puts cornrows in her hair we are disgusted. Every time Iggy Azalea opens her mouth to spit a verse we find fault.