Thanks for my mug @keturahariel! 😍
Okay, I’m sorry, I just can’t get with this.
This mug is depicting a black woman wearing a war bonnet/Native American headdress. I tried to look up background information about the artist to see if she has Native American ancestry/is Native American, but her website is currently down. But, based on the phrase, “Make art, not war,” it seems as if the war bonnet is placed flippantly in the image to make it a cute, marketable image, rather than to give homage to Native American culture. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong.
Anyway, I’ve looked through a lot of the reblogs/notes on this image, and from what I’ve seen, absolutely NO ONE talks about how this is/could qualify as cultural appropriation. We can all get behind how the Bass Coast Festival Banned Native American Headdresses and get angry when white people run around music festivals with headdresses on, etc., but I tend to find a trend on Tumblr of ignoring when a black person or artist does something that could qualify as cultural appropriation.
I’ve seen SO MANY black girls wearing bindis reblogged on here with barely anyone being like, “Wait a minute…” I’ve seen images of Pharrell and Kid Cudi in headdresses reblogged for “fashion.” Blah blah blah.
I just get really frustrated and think it’s critical for us to not only call out cultural appropriation when white people do it, but when EVERYONE does it. I think it’s important that we hold ourselves accountable. Yes, we are all POC, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t make mistakes and can encroach on another person’s culture, etc.
Again, I’m not sure of the background of the artist, but I’m more ranting about the principle of it. I just think we need to stop ignoring these types of things and be like, “YO, I don’t know that you should be selling art depicting people wearing Native American headdress/war bonnets on it if that’s not a part of your culture. If it’s not a part of your culture, you’re definitely profiting off of someone else’s culture, and that’s a problem,” you know?
you all get what I mean. ok, goodbye.
^^ this is so important. People always feel that POCs are somehow exempt from being criticized and called out on cultural appropriation. Now, we mustn’t forget that there are black indigenous peoples of the Americas but we can’t tell who the person is on the cup.
Even if it turns out that the artist is Native American, or that the person depicted (who reads as a woman) is Native American, the point is still valid especially in terms of authenticity.