Cultural Appropriation is Neither New nor Unique to America

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So…a moron who claims he is American (I believe him) asks me to prove that cultural appropriation is not new, not unique to America and indeed has been around for a long, long time.

I answered thusly;

Gulf Arabs look down upon Palestinians and pretty much every other Arab or Muslim Nation.

Hazaras in Afghanistan who are descended from Genghis Khan.

Druze in the Levant.

Syriacs, Coptics were some of the the original Christian members predating Constantinian Catholic Christianity. When Rome took Christianity and passed it on to Europe, these Levantine Christians were sought out and slaughtered as heretics by post-Roman European Christians.

And, yes, there are plenty of Christian examples of “cultural appropriation.” Black Gospels, themselves, are cultural appropriation as is European Christianity. The religion of Christ was stolen from the Levant and laid over Europe. The Europeans then went about the act of murdering the original Christians which laid the foundation of dissent which allowed Islam to rise so easily in those areas.

Thai Corporations which sell whitening products. This is an Asian phenomenon and it has nothing to do with Europe.

Bedouins in the Gulf Area and the appropriation and commercialization of their culture to tourists. The Gulf Nations such as the UAE then oppress these bedouin peoples.

Many, many cultures have adopted Gypsy styles of dress and dance. No one is quite certain from whence originated the Gypsies as they are a roving band of people who predate history. Everyone in Europe hates the Gypsies and looks down upon them. The whole Bohemian movement was started by Gypsies. Much of the clothes worn in high fashion can be traced back to the Gypsies. Yet, they are hated and vilified. Even Hitler tried to exterminate them.

I find this irksome. When someone asks me to provide them with obvious examples of historical fact about which one should have learned in high school. Aside from that, there is google.

America is such a myopic, ignorant land…which is why we have terms such as “white privilege” and “cultural appropriation.”

If Americans would educate themselves…my God what a Nation we could be.

Instead, we whine and argue over inconsequential bullshit.

One last as it is a HUGE one.

The Yuan Empire was created by Khublia Khan who, as you should know, was a Mongol. Much of what China has become is due to the Mongols, Jinghiss [Genghis] Khan and his grandson Khublai

The Chinese erased that history, gave Kublai a Chinese name, and claim descent from the Yuan Empire for themselves. The Chinese hate the Mongols. The Chinese try even now to claim Mongolia as part of China as they do with Tibet.

It’s a huge world out there. There is nothing new under the sun. The more one knows…the less of a whiny cunt one becomes as a result.

The Great Wall of China

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Just finished it.  Climbed the Great Wall at Jinahanling and Simitai.

We awakened at O’dark thirty (0500).  I know that’s difficult for some to believe.  Our driver arrived at about 0620 to pick us up from our Hostel–City Walls.  We met up with another group and switched buses.  Then we were off.  It’s about a 3 hour drive out to Jinshanling.  We arrived a bit before 10 AM.  When we got off the bus, it was C O L D!  The wind was blowing hard.  I thought to myself; “Dave, was this a mistake.  You are cold already and you’re only ten seconds off the bus. ”  Time to suck it up.  Poor little Unny was vibrating.  She was shivering so hard.

We walked up to the entrance and gave them our tickets.  Then we started our climb.  Immediately, it’s a grueling climb.  Stairs and pathways and causeways that are half ruin.  Climbing straight up at almost 90 degree angles at some points.  We took the first rise and were met by an amazing site.  The wall stretching off into the horizon.  On one side is inner Mongolia, the other side is China proper.  China now claims inner Mongolia as her own.  Only outer Mongolia is part of the nation.

It was hell and exhilarating.   It was cold and windy.   The temp was around 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit.  Even so, by the time we were finished I had sweated through two layers of shirts and made all of my electronics (iPhone and iPod) soaking wet.

I decided to make this my birthday present.  To climb that portion of the great wall.  It’s about a 10 kilometer hike up and down some serious mountains and hills.  At one point, I thought that maybe I should just lay down and let them bury me with the peasants who had been buried under the wall as it was being built, but, Unny kept going.  So I followed her lead.

She’s a tough little gal.  It was her first experience in the cold.  She toughed it out.  Impressive.

There are several sections of the Great Wall.  The most famous being Badaling.  Badaling is where all of the tourists go to see the wall.  If you want to see it in various states or disrepair or a more authentic part of the Great Wall, you have to get out of Beijing and hit Mutianyu or Simitai or Jinshanling.  I’d done the Badaling thing back in ’06.  This time, I wanted to see the “real” Great Wall.

I froze up there and I think my legs are going to fall off in the morning but it was well worth it.

I tried to call my Momma but no service out there in the wilds.

It was a great birthday present and as is my habit, I took hundreds of pictures.

What a cool day. I loved it.  I am happy as can be with this day.

Simitai