[quote=“BlueHeron, post:1, topic:1233”][size=10pt]Man, I get this all the time from other anarchists/anti-authoritarians.
It’s like, "Anti-civ? Sure, that’s fine. Hating the society you’re enmeshed in is fine. But actually trying to get out of it by learning from people who live(d) differently? You’re f*ing racist, you must be appropriating from non-whites[/size][/quote]
One of the definitions of Racism is "the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races. Discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race "
The world is full of prejudice people who judge, criticize, and condemn others that look, think or live differently than themselves… putting others down, so that they can feel elevated and SUPERIOR. How can you be considered a racist because you appreciate, admire, learn from and try to emulate other cultures. This seems to me to be the opposite of racism. Perhaps it is reverse racism, if you believe that another culture is superior to your own. What a rewilder feels is a superior culture/lifestyle, is most likely not based on the skin color or ethnicity of the culture.
Lets face it… the modern American Culture of Materialism and Consumerism is shared by the wide human spectrum of ethnic groups of all skin colors who immigrated here and were assimilated into The American Culture. Could or should a Bangladeshi American be called racist for appropriating our American way of life.
How about all of the white kid “Saggers” - Are they also Racists?
… wearing the super baggy pants, showing off their butt cracks and underwear (a fashion statement), using the hip-hop lingo and hand gestures, admiring and trying to be just like the black inner city thugs (I’m being a racist now) who originated / rule the Gangsta, Rap, Hip-Hop “culture / fad”… are they also Racist for appropriating another ethnic group’s “culture”. I think not. Likewise, a rewilder who appreciates, appropriates emulates another culture, over their own is not being a racist.
Real racists who are prejudice, hate or dislike another race or ethnic group are present wherever their are humans, in every group, movement, culture, or ethnic group. Racist whites, racist blacks, racist hispanics, racist gays, racist christians, racist rewilders. etc. However, I believe that the non-racists are in the majority.
One definition of to appropriate is “To take something from another for one’s own use or benefit.” We all do this all the time, since we were born… “monkey see… monkey do”. It plays a big part in who we have become, by learning from and emulating other peoples behavior. I believe that the harm done when appropriating / emulating another’s cultural traditions, is when we twist, modify, corrupt those borrowed cultural traditions and continue to call it by it’s original name, especially when we sell it for financial gain.
A group of Lakota Sioux made an official Declaration of War on appropriators of their culture, especially the New Age groups who have “stolen” their ancient traditions, and changed / corrupted their original meaning/purpose into a New Age ritual and charging admission to participate. But then remember this Declaration was made in 1993 and this group does not represent all Native Americans. http://puffin.creighton.edu/Lakota/war.html
Rewilders who appropriate native american culture as a way of living are not exploiting it. In my mind they are preserving and keeping the traditions alive, and passing them on to future generations. Most Native Americans are completely modernized, americanized, and not very interested in learning or practicing their old culture and traditions. Their culture is rapildy being lost with the passing of the elders and time. I know of Elders who are teaching their old Traditions to interested whites. Is it a Bad Thing when a white person appreciates, respects, learns, practices and passes on Native American Traditions?
(In response to those who may judge me for making this statement about Modern Native Americans - I was raised on 4 different Indian Reservations amongst 7 tribes during the first 18 years of my life, and I lived with a Paiute family when I was 17 years old)