I was pleasantly surprised to see CNN post a well thought-out and executed article on responses to recent appropriation of American Indian cultures.
(The comments are a different story, but at least there are some people calling out the bs among them.)
The article even does what its interviewees suggest: most of the article is just quotes from Native designers, artists, and bloggers.
“The conversation is important, because acts of cultural appropriation are not simply isolated incidents of “hipsters in Navajo panties and pop stars in headdresses,” said Sasha Houston Brown, a member of the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska. They are byproducts of “systemic racism” that perpetuate the idea that there’s no such thing as contemporary Native culture. ”Despite what dominant society and mainstream media say, Native culture is a vibrant and living culture. We are not a relic of the past, a theme or a trend, we are not a style or costume, we are not mascots, noble savages or romantic fictional entities.”
“What an ally does is support and help communicate the message of Native artists and entrepreneurs instead of speaking for them,” Brown said.
It would have been even better if the article had also discussed the connection between the amount of sexual violence American Indian women face (statistically) and the sexualization of them via things like the Victoria Secret runway show, ‘sexy Indian’ costumes, and other things. Brown discusses that in her article here at Racialiscious.