Shit! I'm a perpetrator of cultural appropriation.

I just read this article:

What’s the Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation?

by Jarune Uwujaren a Contributing Writer for Everyday Feminism. 

In it Jarune reiterates the premise: "...as free as people should be to wear whatever hair and clothing they enjoy, using someone else’s cultural symbols to satisfy a personal need for self-expression is an exercise in privilege."

<<Sigh>> So I went to a Ratchet party a few months ago. When I was first invited I have to admit I had to look up the term cuz I had no idea what it meant and when I arrived to the party I ended up borrowing clothes to play the part.

I always feel conflicted about events where people are dressing up cross culturally - whatever the racial makeup is. I know I'm privileged and in danger from multiple sides of being accused of appropriation, my family is white -I'm black, I'm adopted a lot of people never are - my cultural and racial identities are a little wonky. Idk I just feel bad about the whole Ratchet event - I posted pictures of myself and others online - the whole thing was centered around acting as ghetto, blinged up and cracked out as possible.

The long and short of it is - I wish I hadn't used my privilege for freedom of self-expression in such an unsatisfying way - I wasn't exercising my own self respect or respect for any culture really.