A reporter discusses cultural appropriation and how it can be avoided.Vanessa Murphy
- Understand the cultural meaning behind an activity or item. Whether that is wearing a clothing article or cooking a dish that is important to a different society, understand how to appreciate it before taking action.
- Wait for someone to invite you into the culture. Simply being friends or in a relationship with someone from that culture does not give permission to enter it. Only a personal invitation to participate does.
- Participate in an appropriate setting. While in a different part of the world for whatever reason, engage if it is socially disrespectful to not partake in that situation. For instance, when Angelina Jolie visited Pakistan and wore a Hijab.
Err on the safe side. At the end of the day if it is unknown whether something is considered cultural appropriation, opt out. It is better to be cautious than to add more hardships to the ever-growing war of preserving and protecting cultures.