Two sororities, Zeta Tau Alpha and Delta Delta Delta, at UT Austin thought it was perfectly normal to host “Fiesta”-themed parties. As you can imagine, it was smorgasbord for Mexican cultural appropriation, offensive stereotypes of Mexican cultural, and vicious demoralizing of undocumented immigrants. Students of color, particularly Mexican American and Latino groups were offended, but the sororities didn’t understand. Many are claiming it was “a joke” and that it was supposed to “celebrate Mexican culture”. Sorry, that’s fucking bullshit. You don’t celebrate Mexican culture by defaming it and why did the topic of immigration have to come up in a “celebration” of Mexican culture? Also, the picture above is highly degrading of undocumented immigrants by calling them “illegals” and making light of the serious economic, social, and political threats they face daily. Another instance of when cultural appropriation and unrecognized White privilege leads to racist behavior.
I blog about racism, islamophobia, immigration, cultural appropriation, queer stuff, trans* politics, caste annihilation, south asian politics (mostly Indian and Indian diasporic), and obnoxious, voyeuristic photography.
Plus I like pretty pictures.
This blog has deep contempt for the commodification of people and culture; white savior-dom, exotification and neo-colonialist assholery.
This blog is NOT for educational purposes. That takes some effort and no one is paying me to do this. It should go without saying that any opinions here are mine, and does not represent any nation, creed or astrological family.
Because I have seen approximately 100000 of them, I tend to have little patience for questions that start with "Is this cultural appropriation?" I don't care. I have written stuff about it, there's a link, go read it. If it bothers you that much, you should also be able to scroll, link and read. There is plenty of stuff on this blog that already answer these questions. And if you still haven’t sought what you are seeking… go to the library, read. Or don’t. Whatever. I do not care about your cultural appropriating soul — I am not your cultural appropriating soul checker. (If I feel like it, I'll crowd-source opinions for it. Maybe.)
A word on submissions:
I will not post photos that seem personal and submitted without the person-in-photo's consent. I do see a difference between that and a person posting embarrassing photos of themselves on a public platform like tumblr and it gets reblogged.
For the purposes of my submission rule, Facebook is not a public platform. So please don't download photos from your facebook feed and submit it to me. I will not post it if it seems like the person doesn't seem to be aware that their picture is spread like that.