Appreciate – DON'T Appropriate!

Let’s talk about Cultural Appropriation! Cultural Appropriation is defined as “the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of one people or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.” Our in class free write allowed me to explore the idea of cultural appropriation deeper than just the surface level concept of a white woman deciding to dread her hair. With influence from the YouTube video that we watched, I centered my free write around the fact that there are many people who overlook the minuscule, yet impactful, appropriation actions that they partake in, condone, etc. Perfect example – when trying a food that one may be unfamiliar with and simply proceeding to make a face or sayin g something along the lines of “ew, what is this?” When it comes to Mexican food, appropriation isn’t something that is unlikely. Major food chains such as, but not limited to, Qdoba, Taco Bell and Chipotle are advertised as “Mexican food”, but do they really fall under that category? Yes, these chains claim authenticity, but in reality what they serve is intact appropriated. These places cannot and do not provide you with authentic Mexican food. One thing they can provide you with is false claims which can lead its consumers to drifting away from the idea of traditional Mexican cuisine. Making this point doesn’t necessarily mean that is it wrong to enjoy these foods, but it is wrong to label it anything near authentic. Food is a way to differentiate and define cultures and in order to do this, TRADITION HAS TO BE PRESERVED.

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