Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg schooled white America on cultural appropriation in a new video titled, Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows.
In the video that she originally made for her history class, she addresses two aspects of the black culture that white America was guilty of appropriating, our music and hair. The 16-year-old spoke on how black hairstyles like cornrows are now deemed okay because now that it is accepted by mainstream America despite having a historical importance to the black race.
“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 said. “Braids and cornrows are not merely stylistic. They’re necessary to keep black hair neat.”
Stenberg used music videos from Caucasian artists like Katy Perry who wore cornrows and ate watermelon in her “This is How We Do” video. She also took shots at the fashion industry and white rappers like Riff Raff to back up her claims.
She also eloquently embedded important issues that black culture deals with, such as police brutality, to show the disconnect between loving our culture but not our issues into her nearly five-minute lesson.
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