Born into a rich and unique culture, brought up by tastes and styles unmatched, Black people are magical, just because of the color of their skin—but with this comes a great deal of adversity from society.
In America, there have been numerous instances of hate violence, extreme prejudice, and impositions on basic human rights against Blacks. Although these disparities have been associated with being Black, Black people have been resilient, persistent, and graceful in the face of struggle.
In order to find light in harsh situations, Black people have been known to develop certain methods to combat negativity throughout their lives, as well as set themselves apart culturally, from the rest of society. Due to high levels of disappointment, there has always been a constant need for comedy to play a role within the Black community, because at times, there have been moments when Black people have had to laugh to keep from crying.
Historically, when dealing with economic inequalities, Black people have typically been categorized in the middle class to impoverished social classes, due to lack of opportunity based on their race. One would think that this would discourage Black people in their ways to make a good living for themselves, however this has only enticed a drive for them to find ways to make ends meet, regardless of the circumstances. For instance, instead of going to expensive hair dressers, Black people have constructed various hairstyles that can be done at home, such as afros, braids, or dreads—hairstyles that also match the unique textures of Black hair.
To some, the need to improvise is looked down upon, but to Black people, it is a way of life, a life that is sometimes regarded with lesser value. The discussion of Black culture is one that is always met with great disapproval because it is seen as negative when connected to actual Black people. The cultures that Black people have made their own are often described as “ghetto” and “dirty.” However, when seen on White people, the same culture is seen as “urban” and “fashionable.” The distinction between these two comparisons is evidently skin deep, which is a serious issue in America.
Cultural appropriation is when a culture is un-rightfully taken and claimed as one’s own. When White people like an aspect of Black culture, it is possible that they will claim it for their own. This is beyond offensive because it is likely that the culture will not be credited to the originator. Whenever this stolen culture becomes popular, it is sometimes capitalized on because it is seen as more attractive when it is connected to a White person. A prime example of this is the Kardashians. Because of their status, the Kardashians have the ability to popularize and take credit for things created by Black people, such as hairstyles and anatomical features. This is unfair to Black people because they are making their livings off of the things that were originated within the Black culture— hence, the stolen struggle.
The stolen struggle of Black people is a struggle that has been going on for generations and is very much alive today. The stolen struggle of Black people is not limited to any aspect of the Black culture. The stolen struggle of Black people must end today, and it is up to us to make it happen.
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