The headline seems farfetched, but the video proves it:
“A black San Francisco State student accuses a white student wearing dreadlocks of ‘cultural appropriation’ in a video filmed Monday on the university's campus.
San Francisco State confirmed the authenticity of the 46-second video posted by YouTube user Nicolas Silvera, but did not identify the students involved. The university noted that the YouTube title of the video was incorrect: The young woman is not a campus employee.
Jonathan Morales, San Francisco State news and media director, provided SFGate with this statement from the university:
‘We are aware of the video made of an incident which occurred on campus yesterday afternoon. University police were called to the scene of the incident when it occurred. The two individuals involved in the incident are not San Francisco State University employees. Further, no criminal charges have been pressed at this time to the University's knowledge.
‘San Francisco State University promotes the rights of the campus community to engage in free speech, but does not condone behavior that impedes the safety or well-being of others. We are taking the matter seriously and will promptly and thoroughly investigate this incident through applicable University channels, including our campus student conduct procedures.’”
What is particularly distressing about these accusations of ‘cultural appropriation’ is that they are nearly always aimed at whites. There seems to be no questioning of any ‘cultural appropriation’ that the accusers have taken part in. And, honestly, in modern America there’s been a lot of cultural appropriation and assimilation. Indeed, everyone is guilty of cultural appropriation.
If we are to be forced to believe that ‘cultural appropriation’ is a great crime, then we should expect there to be no hypocrisy from the accusers. Until such hypocrisy is disposed of, it’s more than fair to ask why whites are the ones who are seemingly attacked regularly for cultural appropriation. Is there a streak of anti-whiteness running through our institutions of higher education?
Devin is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Charlemagne Institute, which operates Intellectual Takeout, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and the Alcuin Internship. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College where he studied history and political science. Prior to co-founding Charlemagne Institute, he served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota.
Devin is a contributor to local and national newspapers, a frequent guest on a variety of talk shows, such as Minneapolis' KTLK and NPR's Talk of the Nation, and regularly shares culture and education insights presenting to civic groups, schools, and other organizations. In 2011, he was named a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation.
Devin and his wife have been married for eighteen years and have six children. When he's not working, Devin enjoys time with family while also relaxing through reading, horticulture, home projects, and skiing and snowboarding.