Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Featured

Put Down the Peace Pipe and Step out of the Costumes, By Carolina Castoreno

Put Down the Peace Pipe and Step out of the Costumes, By Carolina Castoreno

With identity misappropriation being a regular occurrence these days, my duties as a Native activist have kept me fairly busy. From being depicted as mascots, to Anglos wearing red face and war bonnets, and of course my favorite “I’m a Cherokee” claims, I’ve cracked down pretty hard on White America for their lack of respect for my culture. So it is only fair that I call out every instance of misappropriation, no matter who commits the act. A couple of days ago I became aware of an up and coming rapper known as Emerson Windy. Now I may be late to show, but many who know me know this: I am an avid fan of Hip Hop. I love conscious rap, neo-soul, and street poetry. But I loathe what has happened to the rap game in recent years thanks to the likes of Lil Wayne and the Young Money crew, as well as 2 Chainz and their other consorts. They have co-opted a beloved form of art and desecrated...

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