One era's cultural appropriation is another era's melting pot.
____________________________________________________ Economics puts parameters on people’s utopias. ~Peter Boettke "It's the voter's fault" is victim-blaming in its purest sense. ~Don The 'social contract' is to the politician what 'original sin' is to the priest. ~Don The vision of the helpful and protective state is the most pervasive and counter-productive ideology in the world today. ~Don ____________________________________________________
The latest iteration of this hails from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where a frat has issued an apology for taking a group picture touting a “Trump: Make America Great Again” sign and costumes with a good ol’ boy vibe.
At least, that’s part of it. It’s hard to really determine the theme of the end-of-the-year photo, an annual tradition. There’s a cowboy, an Indian, some sombreros, a guy in a bathrobe, another with a weird white beard, another in some sort of badass tiger-face onesie, a hillbilly, more overalls, a fake rifle, a bizarro yellow chicken face mask and more. Whatever the theme, it was clear these guys were having fun.
The picture made its way to Old Row, a twitter account that posts fun, and sometimes NSFW, Greek Life-inspired images. It was posted with the zinger: “Not everyone in California is a commie.”
Not soon after, indignant Social Justice Warrior peers who have nothing better to do than police social media accounts and worry about what stupid costumes others are wearing and get offended by everything except people being literally blown up and held hostage as sex slaves in other countries expressed their outrage.
Cal Poly’s Alpha Gamma Rho, of course, has now apologized for the “unintentional harm” they caused and promised to never, ever culturally appropriate ever again. They’ve worked to scrub the photo from the Internet (good luck with that). And they even pledged to undergo some training in “social justice, diversity and inclusion,” according to a message the group posted on its Facebook page.
The launch of startup Bodega outraged the internet on Wednesday following reports that the founders wanted the business to replace small convenience stores, often called bodegas.
The co-founders, former Google employees Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan, issued an apology for offending those who felt its mission targeted entrepreneurial immigrants...
The company's product includes pantry boxes stocked with non-perishable, convenience store items, that are placed in locations shoppers frequent such as gyms and dorms and buildings. Users unlock the box with an app and are charged for whatever the cameras record them taking.
There are already vending machines at my local mall that are essentially small drugstores in a box. And when such machines are right next to soda machines and snack machines (like they are at this mall), that's essentially a mini-bodega right there, minus the beer and cigarettes.
The outrage over this start-up strikes me as completely bogus and ginned up by people who really need a fucking hobby, aside from being outraged.
I read an article about this yesterday (don't have the link b/c I honestly don't remember what site I read it on) and a woman was complaining about it because she felt that trying to compete with these small shops was "attacking her community" because she doesn't shop at them for convenience or service, but because it gives her a sense of "community."
I always find positions like this somewhat understandable but also kind of dumb. It seems akin to an anti-gentrification type of argument.
If someone sets up a business that offers products/services that are subjectively better (faster, cheaper, more convenient, better selection, etc.) than those offered by the local "community" competition, and people start to shop more at the new business because they prefer its products/services over the old business, and that older business winds up closing due to low sales...well tough fucking shit.
That's how capitalism works. If the older/smaller businesses doesn't adapt to a changing market, that's their fault. Don't blame the new business for "taking away" your customers. Blame your customers for leaving. Blame yourself for not adapting to your customers' needs/preferences.
When Afia Amoako became a vegan five years ago, she said she didn’t see herself reflected in the community, which was dominated by wealthy white women.
They often touted recipes—”African peanut stew” or “Asian stir fry”—that rely on racial stereotypes, said Amoako.
“One, they don’t look like you, and, two, they are appropriating your food. Those are ways to turn racialized people away.”
Never heard "racialized" person before, but okay...
Amoako, 23, is a vegan Instagrammer and blogger based in Toronto (@thecanadianafrican). She said the weeks and months following the killing of George Floyd have been marked with an onslaught of support for Black creators, particularly from white-run accounts. It's a stark departure from the white norm.
“These white women, they are the gatekeepers of the vegan movement,” Amoako said. “We Black creators have been here this whole time.”
Goddamn white women...they're the real problem in this world!
Amoako isn’t the only racialized vegan who felt sidelined by the community. Black vegan influencer Tabitha Brown previously told VICE that before she cut out meat and dairy she thought vegans were “white ladies who do yoga.” White people and their blogs dominate the results when key terms like “vegans,” “vegetarians,” or “vegan recipes” are plugged into Google. Nital Jethalal, a board member for Toronto Vegetarians Association, told VICE News he has been putting together a conference for vegans and it has been a lot easier to find prominent panellists online who are white.
I honestly can't believe "black vegan influencer" is a real thing, a legitimate job title.