“What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?”
Amandla Stenberg schooled white America on cultural appropriation in a new video titled, “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows: A crash discourse on black culture.”
In it she explained what appropriation was and why white America was guilty of it as it pertained to black culture. The 16-year-old (yes she’s only 16) spoke on the infatuation of the black hairstyles and music but the disconnect when it comes to black issues like police brutality.
“Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated but is deemed as high-fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves.”
Stenberg used music videos from Caucasian artists like Katy Perry who wore corn rows and ate watermelon in her “This is How We Do” video. She also took shots at the fashion industry and white rappers to back up her claims. She name dropped black artists like Azealia Banks who are very vocal on the love for our culture but not our struggles.
The video was for her history class but she’s since published it on Tumblr. Get educated below.