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Hoop Earrings No Longer Politically Correct for White Girls

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It’s a hard thing to keep up to date in these days where political correctness reigns supreme. After all, one never can tell when one might be guilty of a microaggression or a cultural appropriation.

Such was the case recently at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. As the Claremont Independent reports, white female students were recently made aware of another cultural appropriation they were guilty of, namely, wearing hoop earrings:

“A wall on the side of a dormitory at Pitzer College devoted to unmoderated free speech through art (colloquially named 'the free wall'), was recently painted by a group of Latino students who wrote the message, ‘White Girl, take off your [hoop earrings]!!!’”

The Claremont Independent goes on to report that responsibility for the message was claimed by Junior Alegria Martinez, who explained:

“‘[T]he art was created by myself and a few other WOC [women of color] after being tired and annoyed with the reoccuring [sic] theme of white women appropriating styles … that belong to the black and brown folks who created the culture. The culture actually comes from a historical background of oppression and exclusion. The black and brown bodies who typically wear hooped earrings, (and other accessories like winged eyeliner, gold name plate necklaces, etc) are typically viewed as ghetto, and are not taken seriously by others in their daily lives. Because of this, I see our winged eyeliner, lined lips, and big hoop earrings serving as symbols [and] as an everyday act of resistance, especially here at the Claremont Colleges. Meanwhile we wonder, why should white girls be able to take part in this culture (wearing hoop earrings just being one case of it) and be seen as cute/aesthetic/ethnic. White people have actually exploited the culture and made it into fashion.’”

Martinez’s response brings up an interesting dilemma in the popular quest for diversity. On the one hand, Americans of all ages are taught to embrace cultures of all types and varieties under the guise of multiculturalism. Yet, when Americans do embrace the “melting pot” culture, they are simultaneously warned not to beg, borrow, or steal any of the ideas, fashions, or trends ostensibly originating from a culture other than their own.

It was once thought that imitation was the sweetest form of flattery. Now, however, it seems to be considered a form of theft or abuse.

Have we arrived at this point simply because we now see victimhood as a virtue, and take every opportunity to assert our claim to it?  

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Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist is the editor of Intellectual Takeout. When not writing or editing, she enjoys reading, gardening, and time with family and friends.

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infidel
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higher education is wasted on that tittie sucker. grow the hell up...
 
 

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Overit24
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Oh honey your an idiot!! I will wear my hoop earrings and they ain't no stupid culture crap going to stand in my way. Don't mix style into this shit. I am done with Idiots. The generation are just getting dumber and dumber. Read a book and stop picking on nonsense bullshit.
 
 

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bjknight63
I’m white & 58 years old. I have been wearing an assortment of hoop ear rings for over 40 years. Not stopping now. But thank you for the history lesson. I will embrace it.
Anna-Marie Buchner
Amen...I totally agree with you.....I'm so sick of everyone saying stop acting so white, or removing Dr. Seus books because of the color of a cartoon's skin, or making Mr. Potato Head non gender whatever......The world has gone batshit crazy.....seriously......Let's flaunt our hippie hoops people LMAO
W4sabl
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Oh thank God it said "white girls". As a white man I can still proudly wear my hoops.
 
 

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chuckman
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That is one of the most racist things I have ever seen!
 
 

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Ftheliberals
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Just plain ridiculous. LIBERALS ARE JUST REACHING AT THIS POINT. Stop listening to their nonsense. Hoop earrings are NOT RACIST. The ideology of this article is racist. I will wear hoop earrings if I choose to. The liberals can go off themselves.
 
 

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