Cultural Inappropriations: July 4th Behaviors That Outrage and Offend

Believing you’re culturally sensitive is one thing, but have you examined your actions closely? Here are 21 ways you might be appropriating cultures without realizing it on July 4th. Are you truly as woke as you think?

1. Native American Headdresses at Festivals

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Wearing Native American headdresses at music festivals is highly disrespectful. Do you realize the cultural and spiritual significance you’re ignoring?

2. Cinco de Mayo Parties

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Cinco de Mayo is often celebrated with stereotypical imagery and behavior. Are you aware that it’s not even widely celebrated in Mexico?

3. African American Vernacular English (AAVE)

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Using AAVE slang if you’re not part of the community can be offensive. Are you borrowing language without understanding its cultural roots?

4. Japanese Kimonos as Costumes

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Wearing kimonos as costumes can trivialize Japanese culture. Do you appreciate the deep cultural history behind these garments?

5. Hindu Symbols in Fashion

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Sporting Hindu symbols like the Om or Ganesh on clothing is inappropriate. Are you respecting the religious significance of these symbols?

6. Day of the Dead Makeup

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Wearing Day of the Dead makeup outside of the cultural context is insensitive. Do you know the meaning behind this sacred tradition?

7. Maori Tattoos

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Getting Maori tattoos without understanding their significance is cultural theft. Are you just following a trend without respect for the culture?

8. Chinese Characters as Tattoos

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Choosing Chinese characters for tattoos often results in misinterpretation. Are you sure about the meaning of that symbol on your body?

9. Turbans as Fashion Statements

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Wearing turbans as a fashion statement can be disrespectful. Do you know the cultural and religious importance of this headwear?

10. Mocking Accents

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Imitating foreign accents for humor can be deeply offensive. Are you making fun of someone’s way of speaking?

11. Belly Dancing

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Performing belly dancing without acknowledging its cultural origins is problematic. Do you recognize this art form’s historical and cultural significance?

12. Native American Prints in Home Decor

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Using Native American prints in decor without context can be seen as exploitation. Are you profiting from their artistry without giving credit?

13. Hawaiian Leis at Parties

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Handing out Hawaiian leis at parties without understanding their meaning is disrespectful. Do you know what these flowers represent?

14. Bollywood-Themed Parties

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Hosting Bollywood-themed parties can reduce a rich culture to mere entertainment. Are you aware of the cultural depth behind the music and dance?

15. Thai Tattoos for Protection

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Getting Sak Yant tattoos without understanding their spiritual significance is offensive. Are you treating these sacred symbols as mere body art?

16. Using “Namaste” Casually

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Using “Namaste” casually can trivialize a significant cultural greeting. Are you using it with the respect it deserves?

17. African Print Clothing by Non-Africans

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Wearing African print clothing without knowing its cultural background is problematic. Are you appreciating or appropriating?

18. Indigenous Australian Art as Souvenirs

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Buying Indigenous Australian art without understanding its cultural importance can be disrespectful. Do you know the stories and meanings behind the artwork?

19. Mexican Sugar Skulls in Decor

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Using sugar skulls as decoration without context is cultural appropriation. Are you aware of their significance in Mexican culture?

20. “Tribal” Hairstyles

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Adopting “tribal” hairstyles without crediting their cultural origins is offensive. Are you acknowledging the communities these styles come from?

21. Holi Powder in Non-Religious Events

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Using Holi powder for fun without understanding the festival can be disrespectful. Do you know the religious significance of this colorful celebration?

Are You Unknowingly Offending?

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These examples show how easy it is to appropriate without realizing. Are you ready to rethink how you engage with other cultures?

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