Singer/actress Zendaya has really proven to extremely socially aware than most teenagers her age lately. Many times, she uses her large social media presence to bring up issues related to race and what cultural appropriation truly is. In her recent interview with Nylon magazine, she decided to further elaborate her stance on cultural appropriation and how she felt people should really go about borrowing different aspects of another person’s culture.
You can go about it as cultural appreciation or cultural appropriation. You have to be very careful. Some things are really sacred and important to other cultures, so you have to be aware, politically, about those things before you just adopt them. In order to appreciate something, you have to know about it and understand.
It just needs to be said that Zendaya is truly wise beyond her years. Can you believe she’s only 18? She also added,
I urge people to take the extra step of knowledge and learn about things. I’m someone who feels uncomfortable with things unless I know [about them]. I’m not going to try something unless I’ve taken the time and effort to learn about it. I just think with the Internet and the resources we have, you should do a little research.
I absolutely agree with Zendaya. It seems that like people like Kylie Jenner and Rachel Dolezal have done things that relate very closely to cultural appropriation in recent weeks, and I don’t think that it’s necessarily right that they have made aspects of the African American culture seem like something that’s simply trendy and cool to do.
People need to be more aware of how the things they are doing in the public eye is affecting others and actually offending a lot of people of color. Something that is a part of someone’s culture should be something that is seen as sacred. Although it may have been done as a form of flattery, it’s really a sensitive matter that can’t really be taken so lightly. Kudos to Zendaya speaking out on this topic!
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