Cultural appropriation is not the sincerest form of flattery! On today’s episode, Alyssa and Brendane tackle the slippery concept that is cultural appropriation. In What’s The Word? they tackle the age old anthropological question of what is “culture,” and explain what cultural appropriation most certainly is not. What We’re Reading for this episode is bell hooks’ “Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance” to unpack how cultural appropriation serves a double duty, simultaneously reinforcing the power and dominance of the appropriator and it diminishing the value of the appropriated by objectifying and exoticizing elements of their way of life. In the What in the World?! segment, we discuss some reader questions and talk about Kahlil Greene’s TikTok series “How everything Gen Z does originated with Black people,” white women twerking and saying ‘gang gang,’ and the new film In The Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Also, the book Alyssa mentions about red beans is actually Rice and Beans: A Unique Dish in a Hundred Places edited by Richard Wilk and Livia Barbosa. Oops!
Thank you all for an incredible year of the podcast! We’ll be back in September with a new semester. In the meantime, take care of yourself and each other. Asé