FROM THE ARCHIVES: Cultural Appropriation: The Fashionable Face of Racism

Media Diversified

Although Media Diversified is on a site break for the month of August while we develop exciting new projects, we still want to continue delivering challenging, insightful content to our readers — so we’ll be going into the archives to bring back some of our most-read articles.

Chimene Suleyman’s “Cultural Appropriation: The Fashionable Face of Racism” deals with the cultural violence of white mainstream fashion commodifying and profiting from the traditions of people of colour.


Cultural Appropriation: The Fashionable Face of Racism

by Chimene Suleyman 

There is a painting in my parent’s house that my mother made. It is a self portrait; green eyes looking back between the black cloth of the headscarf painted around her face. It is a beautiful painting, carnal even. The assigned image on my phone for my father is a photograph taken from the same time as my mother’s painting. He sits straight, regal, the…

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