To me, I never got the big deal about cultural appropriation. I’m half black half Indian, so I maybe I have no business in speaking about this topic, but I feel like I need to say a few things.
I have naturally very curly hair. Very. It’s a monster trying to wrestle with it during the morning. Since I am mixed, I don’t wear fully “black” hairstyles, but my hair itself is high maintenance. A lot of times, I would get made fun of in school for my curly hair, when the straight-haired kids would always touch my hair like it was an object. I would get upset, but that’s how this messed up world works.
Now back to cultural appropriation… it doesn’t make sense… at all. The whole purpose of culture is that you’re supposed to share it. No one owns a culture, so why are you preventing white people from wearing conrows, braids, or dreads? Or any other natural black hairstyles? It have never made sense to me. If I see a white person wearing braids, I don’t give a flying crap. If I see a white person wearing a traditional Indian sari, I don’t care. Sometimes, I even smile when I see people of other cultures wearing items from my culture. It makes me happy, you know? Wear what makes you happy, as long as you don’t mock it.
Back to my curly hair situation… many people might think that since I was made fun of back in my elementary school days, I would not support “cultural appropriation”. But honestly, it’s the opposite! I get happy when I see people representing my cultural in a respectful way. Why, you may ask? Well, because honestly, other people wearing natural hairstyles doesn’t affect me in any negative way, because it’s just fucking hair. Preventing other people from wearing braids or dreads because I was previously made fun of my curly hair about 8 years ago makes like 0 sense. Why am I not letting others wearing black hairstyles unoffensively because I was made fun of my curly hair in school? What kind of logic is that?
In conclusion… feel free to wear other cultural clothing, as long as you don’t mock it or any part of the culture. It’s not a fucking big deal.