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After @Mayajewelry made their public appology, talking about knowing and understanding the issue with cultural appropriation, saying a line had been crossed and that they respected POC's culture. The racist white woman they featured with the Amazigh tattoos on her face made a super racist post in which she used racial slurs against me & my people. In the comments, Maya jewelry stated their support for her, saying they were a fan of hers and would always be. I sent them a personal message asking if they could clarify their stance and in the hopes they would remove their support towards a racist person and support the indigenous people being attacked and disrespected.
I had previously offered Maya Jewelry my time and energy if they were curious about my culture, I also offered myself as a model if they were looking for Amazigh women (rather than looking for a white woman in costume) they never replied to this.
To my message? They responded by blocking me on all social media.
They claimed she was attacked, I have yet to see those attacks. She instead received support from tons of people while I received racist comments, insults and slurs. I've had to block many people, I received no support, I have yet to see people stand up for many people support me. I was polite, patient and offered knowledge in my reaponces. In return I received racial slurs from that woman and was blocked by Maya Jewelry.
Share this, call them out, rate them one start, don't just say you are an ally to people of color, ACT, do something. #mayajewelry#foxytrix#racism#culturalappropriation#amazigh#feminism
The Swastika was originally a religious symbol used in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Because of the Nazi party it now has an incredibly negative connotation in the West and especially in white culture. So, is the Swastika a bad symbol? Maybe only in it’s association with the holocaust? Do we have the right to that association?
Funny thing. Yesterday someone sent me a message about how I most likely wasn't Amazigh because I didn't look like it to them, and that Foxy_Trix, the white woman who got done different Amazigh tattoos from different tribes (in the wrong places too), wore an afro wig & various and diverse African jewelry, looked more Amazigh than I did. How I was Western because I dressed in a western fashion.
I was also told I couldn't be Arab/Middle Eastern/Amazigh since my name is Aurelie (I'll mention that a lot of people of color has white first names and their middle names are of their own culture, like my middle name being Meriem)
So much to unpack there, assimilation, the idea that people of color have to stick to a stereotypical idea of what they should look like according to white people who know nothing about our culture & people. But also that, again, our identities are only valid & look better on white bodies rather than our own. #mayajewelry#foxytrix#racism#culturalappropriation#amazigh#feminism
These maps represent the Africans that I am, but only the first two map represent me correctly. @billytwoshoe u mentioned diversity in previous post/comment and after a bit of reflection I realised that u question had a lot of substance when it comes to understand Africans diversity. If u swipe👉🏾 to the second map u ll see one of the basic of our constitution and why I refer myself as a Bantu and u will see that my tribal origins existed century BCC. I posted the other last two just to outlined my thought on the ‘corporation’ structure of the 54 African”s nation made through colonisation interest.
Cultural appropriation is probably one of the most controversial topics debated upon and argued about. I honestly think that if anyone "respected" someone else's culture and articles belonging to such, they would respect a person's statement if they said smth like "hey I don't think it's right for u to wear that" especially if what you're wearing is from THEIR culture. I get sharing culture, but that's not a MANDATORY thing. People are not obligated to share their culture with you if they think you're gonna run off and do some headass shit. And as for brands who are "inspired" by culture, so many of them just blatantly rip off patterns and fabrics directly related to culture and history, and don't even put an Asian model in to model the clothes. It just looks like smth cheap and fake tbh and it doesn't look cute when others just blindly buy into it. #culturalappropriation