Copyright laws are one thing; it is certainly unethical for someone to take someone else’s work and credit it to one’s self and make money off it. But when certain things, like tattoos, hairstyles, clothing and other aspects of appearances are said to belong to one specific people forever and no other people should ever copy it, that strikes me as racist in tone. Recently, the concept of “cultural appropriation” has begin to gain popularity among some on the left. If I wanted to make liberal ideals look idiotic, I could not do worse than this garbage.
Read this absurd story:
We Need to Talk About Katy Perry Crediting Kim Kardashian For This Hairstyle
As much as I despise the Kardashians, if Katy Perry did indeed get the idea for cornrows from them, I think it perfectly appropriate (pun intended) to credit them for the hairstyle. Bashing her for not crediting African women is creating friction where there need be none. If Perry has never been to Africa, it is possible that she has never seen common African hairstyles or if she had before, she did not know they were from African cultures. This is an opportunity to educate Perry and others about the matter, not attack her.
More to the point, everyone “credits” the song “I Love Rock and Roll” to Joan Jett because it was indeed her biggest hit, but in reality the song was done by her as a cover; it had been written years earlier by Alan Merrill of The Arrows. To this day, everyone thinks of it as a Joan Jett song. Likewise, Metallica covered the song “Am I Evil” that had been previously recorded by the British metal band Diamond Head. Everyone tends to think of that song as Metallica’s. Even Elvis did a cover song assumed to be his: “Hound Dog”, which had been done before by black singer Big Mama Thornton. Want to condemn Joan Jett, Metallica, and Elvis too? Be my pest!
Am I appropriating Italian culture every time I eat a pizza? Are Japanese appropriating American culture when they form and play in baseball teams? In both cases, I could not care less, so we need to can the self-righteous crap!
This is yet another rant in reference to Donald Trump, known as the 45th President of the United States. A man with no sense of integrity whatsoever.
Part of having integrity is knowing when you have failed at something, realizing you need to step aside for the good of the people you claim to serve, and move on. Today, the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association is doing just that. Continue reading
A friend of mine just made this long and profound statement on Facebook. I think it needs to be preserved for as many people to see as possible. I left her name out of it, but her identity does not matter. NO ONE should have to endure this!
Watch this video:
The anti-slavery party of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War was NOT the party of Big Business from the 1870s to the 1930s. The party that defended slavery before and during the Civil War was NOT the party that fights for the rights of blacks and other minorities today. The Religious Right which infested the Republicans in the 1980s had almost nothing in common with the likes of Donald Trump now.
This is why we need a MULTI-PARTY system like in some European countries. The two-party system we Americans have always had is by nature misleading. The south has ALWAYS been conservative compared to the north. If the Ku Klux Klan was founded today, it would be founded by southern REPUBLICANS. Conservatism is the ideology we must always fight, no matter what party label it marches under.
For the record, it is not BIG government we should oppose, but STUPID government which is a problem no matter what its size. Did you know that Ronald Reagan, a conservative Republican, actually increased government by massive military spending….that we also never needed in the first place?! And why did Reagan do that? Because so many big businesses have had contracts with our military and profit from every war we end up fighting in! I can guarantee that if a Republican gets the Presidency in the next decade or so, then he will find an excuse, any excuse to get us into another overseas war like Bush Sr. did when he pushed us into war with Iraq in 1991. and his son did again in 2003. Consider yourselves warned!
As for illegal immigration, the rules were designed beforehand to exclude non-white people from Latin America, including Mexico. Ironic considering we conquered and annexed half of Mexico’s territory in the 1840s. “Hey, thanks for all your land, but we do not want your people! GO AWAY!!!” Meanwhile, Puerto Rico, which is majority Spanish-speaking and non-white, remains a mere possession of the USA and not a state. Go figure.
Conservatives often complain that poor and minority peoples are never satisfied, despite the gains supposedly made for them over the past two centuries. So they assume that their opponents are just being greedy and bigoted against whites and the rich. But there is another way of seeing what has happened and what can be done to stop the problems. Consider Newton’s Third Law of Motion, which states:
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Continue reading
At First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, a banner was put up that said, “BLACK LIVES MATTER”. A couple of weeks later, someone decided to “correct” the message:
And one of the church members came up with an excellent response.
I would go farther. If you as a white person are not willing to talk about what black people go through, if you as a Christian are not willing to talk about what Jews, Muslims or other non-Christians go through, if you as a man are not willing to talk about what women go through, and if you as a straight person are not willing to talk about what gays go through, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!