I Am Racist and So Are You

  |  Topic: Culture, Editor Picks, Identity, Personal, Race/Ethnicity, VOX Investigates
internalized racism

When I learned that I would be attending a college where 75.9 percent of the student body is composed of white people, I immediately found myself anxious about whether my blackness would be accepted. I shaved off my hair, telling people “I just want a new start.” But I really did it because I did not want to face the awkward looks in the dorm’s bathroom.

Cultural Appreciation vs Cultural Appropriation: A Dekalb School Debates Their Prom Theme

  |  Topic: Culture, Identity, My Story, Opinion, Personal, School

Cultural appropriation is when one culture takes pieces of another culture and often misrepresents it. For example, those who wear chopsticks in their hair to represent Chinese women for fashion are appropriating and influencing a stereotype.The counter argument that arose was that the theme choice was more of cultural appreciation. The difference is that if you’re appreciating it, you’re representing the culture correctly and using it for honest purposes, not just to look good.