"When people appropriate, they are perpetuating old oppressive systems, and exercising their power over people who have traditionally had their power taken away… cultural appropriation shows the considerable amount of entitlement inherent in Western culture, as well as certain underlying assumptions about what is and is not important. To appropriate another culture is to show an incredible amount of entitlement. The inherent message of cultural appropriation is that the colonizer gets to decide what is important, what they are allowed to take, and what other people should feel about their taking it. The appropriator has absolute power and derides the person they are appropriating something from for having an opposing opinion. It is a subtle but nonetheless potent display of colonial power — power so deeply ingrained in society that it can be very difficult to even notice when that power is being used."
Kathryn Gottlieb - Cultural Appropriation in Contemporary Neopaganism and Witchcraft
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