Culture...Not a Costume a thought piece by Dynasty Moorer

Everybody wanna be a nigga, but don't nobody want to be a nigga. Black people have been sitting trends for centuries. People of different race have fallen in love with our features from our full lips, thighs and butts to our cornrows, dreadlocks and afros. Even our soul music and soul food have become very popular. People go to extremes to try and compare to our features and styles. From surgeries to injections and even putting brown makeup on their skin. People love everything about us except for when it's us.

Cultural appropriation is the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of another culture. People love to mimic us in every way except for when it comes to oppression. We endure police brutality and discrimination daily. Whether it's a hairstyler or clothing there is a difference between honoring a culture and just stealing from it. Recently there has been a lot of controversy about the boxer braid hairstyle. For starters, the style is not called boxer braids the style is called cornrows, but they are the same style. Cornrows have been around since the time of slavery so it's not something new.

Clothing, music and hairstyles are one thing, but to blatantly put brown makeup on your face for a costume is just plain ignorance. Many white people have participated in the actions of black face. Black face is the makeup used by a non-black person playing a black role, but when people do black face they usually do it to be comedic. Black face is extremely oppressive and ignorant to black people. Black people are the most imitated, envied and admired people on the Earth, honestly we are winning as a race.