One major facet of cultural appropriation is taking artifacts that would be violent on the body of a person of color and making them trendy on a white body.
That’s why Forever 21 is able to sell a Black Panther crop top, and why Che Guevara t-shirts are so popular, and why Macklemore can win Grammy’s for writing songs about smelly sheets, and why white drugged out kids can walk around Coachella in tacky “native” headdresses.
When people of color cannot participate in aspects of their culture without persecution, but white people are welcome to those aspects, that’s a major undeniable example of white privilege.
p.s. if u regularly feel shitty about yourself after interacting with someone you call a friend, or if you find yourself frequently doubting things you believe to be true about yourself because someone you call a friend makes you doubt them, or even if u just feel really exhausted and full of negative vibes after hanging out with a pal, then maybe u should reconsider how much of a pal that person is
friends are friends because they affirm you when you need it and help you out of tough spots and try hard to be sensitive to your unique combination of insecurities instead of drawing them out just so they can stomp on them to make them sting more and listen to you when you try to talk about the hurtful things they might unconsciously do and then try to change them and tell you when you unknowingly hurt them because friendship means making change in your life so that you can grow into beautiful blossoms together, friendship is a garden of wildflowers and not one giant rose growing stronger and bigger than everyone else and pricking its thorns into everything around it
Pigeons are so underrated.
The Stonewall Riots were started by trans PoC, and making a movie about it, directed by a cis white guy, and starring a cis white guy. is probably one of the biggest slaps in the face to the trans community to date. Transwomen of color started the riots, and were swept under the rug as drag queens by the cis gay community. Making the movie with white cis male actors is disgusting and transphobic as hell.
And racist and white washing and transmisogynist