Is it appreciation... or appropriation?
“Whew Chile,” “Slay” and “Yass” are common terms in the media amongst many people, especially white Americans. Ironically, terms that are commonplace in African American Vernacular English were once viewed as a pejorative, but now they are being added to mainstream dictionaries. Cultural appropriation is nothing new especially when Black Americans are the victims – but now that elements of Blackness are into the mainstream, what can Black people do to reclaim the culture we curated and cherish? In this episode, The Revs talk about the history of cultural appropriation, and how oftentimes it’s people who are not Black taking Black culture for their own pleasure.