Observations about “The Freedom Trap: Where Conversations About Cultural Appropriation Go To Die
Son of Roxie
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There is a LOT to respond to here, but I’ll keep it to these things.

  1. You weren’t born a motorcyclist. Not the way I was born an Indian American. Not the same thing at all.
  2. My culture is not a “sub-culture” the way motorcycling is a sub-culture. It is a culture, whole and complete, containing multitudes.
  3. “If you had been raised to assimilate, maybe you would not have felt so much like a visitor.” Your sense of entitlement to comment on how I was raised takes me aback. It also gives me a sense of how little you understand about growing up in an immigrant household. I would have needed white, Christian parents in order to “assimilate” more. And assimilation — changing the way you talk and act and eat, etc, in order to fit in — is not the same thing as actually fitting in. Especially if you are not white.
  4. You make a point of telling me that I am Roman. That American culture is my culture. Then you start telling me what American culture is, what makes it great, as if you are an expert. You know your corner of American culture, and that is all. You don’t know mine, and you don’t know enough to tell me that my experience with it is wrong.
  5. There are a lot of things in here I strongly disagree with, but don’t have time to get into. I’ll name two big ones, and leave it there. One is your apparent assumption that assimilation = good. Another: your assertion black people are in jail more because black people commit more crime. Just don’t know where to begin on that, but I want to name it, at a minimum.
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