With the exception of kooks like Rachel Dolezal, I don’t think the average non-Black person who sees a style or piece of clothing that was created or initiated by Black people and goes out and gets the same style actually thinks they are adopting or entering a culture. I think it’s a lot more casual and shallow than that. They see the world as an endless shopping gallery from which they can pick and choose items of personal adornment without thinking any deeper than that and putting them on. I doubt it crosses 99% of of their minds that the item of clothing or hairstyle represents anything deeper.

Linguist, philosopher, lover of history, wordhound, 21 year New Yorker, searching for meaning in the universe

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