SHOULD WHITE PEOPLE HAVE DREADLOCKS? WTF is Cultural Appropriation


So what do you think is the question that I get asked the most from my viewers and followers? “How do you get subscribers on YouTube?” “Where do you get your ideas?”
“Are you really a janitor?” Nope. None of those. The question that I get asked by far the most most often is “What do you think about white people with dreadlocks?” Not even kidding. I get asked that like twice a week. Now for the longest time I wondered why anyone thought I would give a shit what other people do with their hair. And I really still don’t give a shit what people do with their hair But eventually, I learned that a lot of these people were actually asking me about this thing known as Cultural Appropriation. Cultural appropriation is the adoption of specific elements of one culture by people who are not a part of that culture. And, in my experience, this term has a negative connotation, as in, people don’t like when you do it. So what I assume, based on that definition, is that dreadlocks are considered to be a part of “black culture” and white people with dreadlocks are supposedly appropriating that aspect of ‘black culture” Ok, let’s think about this for a second. Now, as far as I know, dreadlocks are mostly associated with the Rastafari Movement from Jamaica And as far as I know, that’s not a racial movement. And beyond that, ‘locks are worn in other places like Africa and the Middle East and Asia for many different reasons, sometimes spiritual or religious reasons. Now I am not African or Jamaican or Rastafarian or even remotely spiritual or religious at all. Yet, no one has ever accused me of cultural appropriation by having dreadlocks. So, my question is, “Why is it ok for me and not everybody else?”. And that sorta scratches the surface of my whole confusion with the cultural appropriation issue. You see, we live in an increasingly diverse world and we’re at a point where almost everything you participate in borrows aspects from other cultures. Now I’m not sure if this is one of those things where there’s like two different sides where there’s people being a little bit reasonable and then people being a little bit radical or if just the whole thing is nonsense. Because a lot of people imply that we’re not allowed to be fascinated with or inspired by other cultures. Which is absurd. A lot of people were mad at Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus and Macklemore because they’re white, and because they’re white, they can’t make hip hop music and they can’t use hip hop slang If they sound or look “too black”, that’s cultural appropriation. Alright, guys, I don’t want to be too blunt but that’s fucking stupid. First of all, saying something sounds or looks “too black” is itself racist. Secondly, if you like something or thinks it’s cool or are inspired by something from another culture, you shouldn’t be criticized for that. You’re allowed to like stuff. Using this logic, white people shouldn’t be allowed to wear moccasins or eat chinese food or listen to blues music or watch anime or learn Spanish. Guys! Guys! That’s fucking stupid. Now here’s what I think happened. Now, there is a genuine concern that we should all have for the downplaying of of the history and disadvantages of certain groups’ faiths. But some of y’all mutha’ fuckas just took it to a ridiculous level. I mean, maybe you think that Iggy and Miley don’t actually give a shit about hip hop and hip hop culture and they’re just using it for their own gain and if that was the case, I think I would have a problem with that and we could have a discussion about whether that is or is not the case. As of right now, I don’t think it is the case, though. I think they just like it and you’re allowed to like stuff. But you do have to take history into account. Take something like blackface for example. The reason people don’t like black face is not because it’s cultural appropriation. The reason people don’t like blackface is because blackface has a specific history attached to it. A specific negative, derogatory history attached to it, similar to the N word. See, that doesn’t apply to bindis and moccasins. That doesn’t apply to Iggy’s “blaccent”. That’s racist. Or another example, the American football team called the Washington Redskins. See, this is not a case of white people being inspired by Native American culture or thinking it’s cool. This is an example of people using a word that is historically derogatory and and saying, like, “I don’t give a shit about your culture or whatever.” and that’s not ok, but in a case when a person is just in general, interested in or entertained by or inspired by another culture or even just thinks it’s cool. I don’t understand why that’s a bad thing. You’re allowed to like stuff. DAS JUS ME DOE Honestly, most of you probably don’t even care about this. I’ve just been spending way too much time on Tumblr Oh, Tumblr… What should the next video be about? Drop a comment. I wanna give a shout out to all of the new subscribers. How you doin’? Please press the LIKE button. SUBSCRIBE if you like my hair. Holla What’s up, guys? Thank you for watching my video I want to give a special shout out to Brian M. who has been supporting me on Patreon for almost a year. I should have done this shout out a long time ago. Sorry, Brian. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you a little bit about Patreon. Patreon is a site that you can use to support me. It’s basically, you set it up to where you send me a tip every time I make a new video. That’s pretty much it. It’s just a way to support me and help me to continue doing the things that I do. There should be an annotation on the screen and also a link in the description. So please check that out if you’d like to. (Awkward staring)

100 Comments

  1. Thomas Carroll said:

    I always come back to this video whenever I see a article come across my Facebook newsreels about cultural appropriation. Specifically when it comes off as accusatory and always share this video.

    March 20, 2018
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  2. Adam Tengku said:

    Apologies I realise this video is super old and I am super late, but I'm only a recent follower and enjoy your videos a lot but in this case I'm afraid I don't agree. Although on an individual level I agree people should be able to like stuff and do what they want, but I think it gets a little iffy when people with a large influence on popular culture like Miley Cyrus, or the Kardashians appropriate elements of black (or any other minority in the West's) culture just because they "find it cool", simply like it or find it to be fashionable for themselves.

    The lack of thought behind it demonstrates an ignorance around the systemic and real problems that said things can cause for people who's culture that is taken from (e.g. black people and dreadlocks being stereotyped as smelly or dirty, etc)

    And I'm not saying those people are bad for doing so, I doubt there is ill intention behind it, but it's kind of shitty when black kids in schools in the west are told to cut their hair or not wear it natural because it's messy then have to see privileged white celebrities take those same elements and be EMBRACED by it for being edgy or new and make them "cool".

    That being said I don't think said people shouldn't be allowed to do what they want, I just wish there was a better understanding and appreciation of the culture that they choose to incorporate into their fashion or work, and if awareness could be brought via those channels then even better. This is the aspect that's lacking and what makes it even worthy of being called a problem in the first place. That's just me though for what it's worth! Thanks as always for good thought provoking content 🙂

    March 22, 2018
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  3. ilikebandsandcereal said:

    Ummm heard of crust punk??? Literally had nothing to do with Jamaica??? It's just the style of crust punk so stfu????

    March 28, 2018
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  4. jojojuly85 said:

    I think people need to realize CULTURE does mean Race. Your culture has NOTHING to do with your skin color. Your culture is where you grew up, your environment, what you have been immersed in. Sometimes its something you chose. Sometimes its something you were born into.

    Wear your hair any way you want. As long as its not done with malicious intent. Do not use someone else's culture to mock or offend others intentionally. Don't wear others traditional, culturally significant garb or styles with intent to make a joke of it. Period. How hard is that?

    March 31, 2018
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  5. hamsterman1995 said:

    Old Germanic tribes, Celtic cultures, Ancient Greek citizens and Vikings had dreadlocks as well…

    April 1, 2018
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  6. Blazertron said:

    I hate cultural appropriation, isn't it just seprating people even more? What American's have tried to not do.

    April 2, 2018
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  7. kirstine majlund said:

    Imagine you get really into a book, series, movie or a band or whatever you like. You try to make people notice that thjs thing is cool and that they should watch/read/ listen to it. But then some time after, a friend of yours discover the same thing and everybody listens to THAT person instead of you, and gives credit to that person instead of you. That's fucking annoying and should not be allowed. Now think of it as cultute. I think it's okay for white people to have dreads, sing "black" music etc AS LONG AS WE RESPECTS AND GIVES CREDIT TO BLACK PEOPLE AND THEIR CULTURE

    April 12, 2018
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  8. cj jorge said:

    well bob marley is mixed black and white and so is his kids and so on….. and nobody would diss them right ??? SO stop the foolishness to all the closed minded people we all live /breath /love and die the same so be nice to each other…..peace

    April 14, 2018
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  9. Micah Buzan said:

    We're all part of the same dysfunctional human species. We're all in this life experiment together.

    April 18, 2018
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  10. ManaJack said:

    Should be called cultural appreciation.

    April 24, 2018
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  11. Lobster GOD said:

    How are you not african?

    April 30, 2018
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  12. DarthVaper // Gaming said:

    If your not African what are you then ?

    May 12, 2018
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  13. Kick gum, and chew ass. said:

    Vikings used dreadlocks thousands of years ago. Fuck all the crying about "cultural appropriation. The only reason why white people are the targets of these accusations is because of racism.

    May 25, 2018
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  14. Thomes Maisling said:

    Cheers for the fascinating and thoroughly decent perspective T1J.
    Many Dreadlock wearers here in the UK would laugh and shrug it off as a crazy American segregation thing that dreadlocks are racist cultural appropriation.
    It's very much seen in many circles as a New-Age Celtic and Pagan spirituality thing. The Celts, Druids and Britons had dreadlocks deeply ingrained in their culture, going back thousands of years. It can be very much a spiritual thing for pagans and even practitioners of wicca to have dreadlocks. It's also part of psy-trance, traditional folk music, techno, general Rave culture, and traveler culture throughout the UK and Europe.
    Also somebody said white people's hair doesn't dread naturally. Not really true! People have treatment because it just takes ages to happen by itself, but many in the uk new-age traveler community let their hair dread naturally.
    The whole idea is a symptom of the problems kind of problem anyway IMO.
    Just take people as you find them based on their attitude and content, and leave all that microaggression stuff to the chip on shoulder crew. You could even end up psychotic thinking too much on that shit. Give yourself a break.

    May 28, 2018
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  15. Lettee Dametto said:

    I want to share this w my friends but i feel like theyre going to attack me for it

    May 30, 2018
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  16. 100 BlaQ Raok said:

    Many wore Afros in the 70's, were they feeling the real? Not really.

    May 31, 2018
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  17. Lamel Jarvis said:

    I think the problem with culture appropriation (at least from a black persons perspective) is simple. Why folks in this country have a history of taking from cultures (especially black culture) and claiming they either created it or made it popular and 100% that’s just false. That’s why people hate culture appropriators.

    June 5, 2018
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  18. Madolite said:

    I think it's very simple – people who believe that cultural appropriation is a real thing, are racists. The simple reason is that racism, at the core, is to judge a person based on their color of skin – to judge people based on where they superficially originate from. It's the ultimate modern insult to egalitarianism – to label racism as "anti-racism", sexism as "feminism", typecasted genders as "non-binary gender acceptance", etc. All cultures today are bastardizations of some other cultures that came before them. It's called evolution. Cultures expand, diverge, converge or go extinct. If you dress up as Spiderman on Halloween, you just "culturally appropriated" an ancient Celtic tradition of celebrating harvest, reaping and honoring the dead.

    June 7, 2018
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  19. blackmore4 said:

    No debate to be had about this. It's very simple. If you think that the concept of 'cultural appropriation' has any kind of validity, then you're not only stupid but you're one of these new, millennial style, totally racist segregationists.

    June 7, 2018
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  20. DrumWild said:

    As my black co-worker asks me, "Why does everyone call me African-American? I'm Dominican!"

    America is a mix of many cultures, and great things come from it. I'm currently in deep study of Early Blues, learning the music, song structure, and guitar playing of Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and more. I really love music, guitar, and think that keeping this type of music alive is important.

    The idea that someone should not do something because of their race is racist. Completely agree on this one, for sure.

    June 7, 2018
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  21. Seymour Disapproves said:

    I think a great deal of how okay it is to appropriate something depends on what it means in the culture it originates from. It's okay to wear moccasins out of the blue because they're simple footwear and aren't really related to any one ceremony or tradition in Native American culture, but wearing a tribal headdress out of nowhere without knowing what it means would be offensive because they have real cultural significance and are taken very seriously. The more cultural significance an item has, the harder it is to justify wearing or having it. I think a good rule of thumb, no matter who you are, is to do a little research before you think about wearing a traditional something or other from a culture you're not familiar with so as not to embarrass or offend.

    June 8, 2018
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  22. Jay DeziFour said:

    Turned out, Miley was full of shit…

    June 8, 2018
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  23. deadright 68 said:

    Im an old" white" guy with dreadlocks . love em' . good vid.

    June 9, 2018
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  24. Paul T Sjordal said:

    I agree with you about the dreds. I never saw what the issue is with white people wearing dreds.

    I think some of my confusion over cultural appropriation has to do with certain arguments we Japanese-Americans had with Japanese. For example the Japanese once argued that non-Japanese sumo wrestlers cannot become Yokozuna (roughly speaking, grand champion), and some of the arguments they used sounded a bit like cultural appropriation arguments. I still bristle about that.

    June 12, 2018
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  25. Adam Lallana said:

    Rah, another T1J video where I more or less agree with everything he had to say! Dude spoke sense back in the day lol!

    June 12, 2018
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  26. Arielle JS A said:

    Celebrating others' cultures & "appropriating" their fashions, foods, etc, should ONLY be encouraged! Now's the most exciting time in all history for human connection & x-cultural exchange, & forcing/limiting ppl into "boxes" of their what supposed "identity" is/ should be is Evil, disgusting & divisive & breeds suspicion of "the Other." There's a huge & obv diff when a prsn's intention in "appropriating" is intending to mock.

    June 24, 2018
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  27. Sam said:

    As far as I know cultural appropriation is a problem when you take a cultural product and copy it and become competition to the original creators (example if you were british in 1700s and started producing Indian fashion to sell globally), which is actually impossible to control. The rest is just people being stupid and pretending to be smart.

    June 26, 2018
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  28. ho disperatilor said:

    black culture is such a joke that I hahahaha can't even stop laughing when I think about it hahaha

    June 27, 2018
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  29. Robert Syrett said:

    Closer inspection reveals that all culture is composed of elements appropriated from other cultures.

    July 5, 2018
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  30. darkmster 6 said:

    Should black people have straight hair also white people had dreads long before black or white people ever met vikings had dreads or matted hair but why do you have dreads your not a rasta

    July 5, 2018
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  31. Mauricio Maisterrena said:

    Thanks for putting an end to that nonsense

    July 10, 2018
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  32. Rubyamm said:

    yeah…dreadlocks were worn by a few ancient European cultures (celts, vikings), as well. So to say they belong to one culture is honestly bs.

    July 13, 2018
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  33. turkey said:

    you are 0.01% white in this video, it's very distracting…

    July 19, 2018
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  34. DEATH'S DRIVE said:

    Subscribed 'cuz I like your hair

    July 24, 2018
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  35. Lucus ness said:

    People are still mad that the best most famous rapper of all time is white

    August 1, 2018
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  36. Shantiva Deva Gamer said:

    I’m a white girl w dreads. Had them years. Not inspired by black culture bt bt Tibetan / Indian yogis. I’ve been a Buddhist for decades; so it’s totally appropriate appropriation. Basically, liked n subscribed. TY mate

    August 15, 2018
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  37. M A said:

    Yeah I don’t really care. I think we need to like look at dreads just as another hairstyle though instead of unprofessional at this point. These tasteful and untasteful cultural exchange.

    August 19, 2018
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  38. melvin shermen said:

    Again is korn rascit then

    August 27, 2018
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  39. Vanessa Vieites said:

    I think it’s perfectly fine to like and appreciate another’s culture. The disrespect comes when you take something from another’s culture and warp it, use it incorrectly, or benefit from it when people of that culture don’t. for example, often white people are celebrated for or profit off of the very things black people are mocked, ridiculed, and or/oppressed for doing (e.g., wearing dread locks, twerking). The reason ppl were mad at Iggy Azalea for rapping in a “black” accent was because she was gaining success for doing something that black people have tried and failed at, simply because she’s white and, thus, stands out in the rap músic industry, not because of her talent, but because of her whiteness (and to be honest she wasn’t half as talented, imo, as so many underground black artists that never make it big).

    August 29, 2018
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  40. Vanessa Vieites said:

    I think it’s perfectly fine to like and appreciate another’s culture. The disrespect comes when you take something from another’s culture and warp it, use it incorrectly, or benefit from it when people of that culture don’t. for example, often white people are celebrated for or profit off of the very things black people are mocked, ridiculed, and or/oppressed for doing (e.g., wearing dread locks, twerking). The reason ppl were mad at Iggy Azalea for rapping in a “black” accent was because she was gaining success for doing something that black people have tried and failed at, simply because she’s white and, thus, stands out in the rap músic industry, not because of her talent, but because of her whiteness (and to be honest she wasn’t half as talented, imo, as so many underground black artists that never make it big).

    August 29, 2018
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  41. loner844 said:

    okay, one thing that always bugs me: I don't take care of my hair, like I often just let it devolve into mats. and the thing is, people are always, when it gets really bad, calling it dreads. like, people really be out here assuming black people are wearing mats as a fashion statement. Worse, whenever I try to tell them it's not dreads, no one believes me! it's so frustrating. I read somewhere that dreads are actually just really tight curls, but when I tried to explain to my family once, they didn't listen. my sister just told me to look up "traditional dreadlocks". I just dropped it after that.

    What do you think of this?

    September 5, 2018
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  42. john clhugyugihjbvgbkj said:

    It’s not a black thing. Whites had it early on. Maybe even earlier.

    September 18, 2018
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  43. john clhugyugihjbvgbkj said:

    Culture appreciation.

    September 18, 2018
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  44. john clhugyugihjbvgbkj said:

    2:50 money and fame. It’s work. A 4-letter word, w-o-r-k. 😎

    September 18, 2018
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  45. Iwon Tellyu said:

    Ty You just said everything I have been thinking about this subject. Diversity and sharing is a good thing.

    September 22, 2018
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  46. Life was Given to us said:

    I just think those who promote cultural diversity, should be for cultural appropriation. Isn’t that the whole American mixing pot ideal?

    September 28, 2018
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  47. Nmethyltransferase said:

    The litmus test for me is pretty simple: Is someone getting screwed over?

    1.) A tribe in South America uses a certain medicinal plant from the Amazon Rainforest. A pharmaceutical company comes along, isolates the active constituent from the plant, patents it, and starts to sell it as a drug that eventually makes billions in profits–while the original tribe gets nothing.

    2.) A white woman buys the aforementioned herb online, from a company that shares its profits with the aforementioned tribe.

    3.) A different white woman has the aforementioned FDA-approved drug prescribed to her by her doctor, and takes it.

    September 28, 2018
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  48. Ryan Williams said:

    ok people were mad at iggy for stealing a kendrick lamar freestyle word for word and passing it off as hers tho

    October 4, 2018
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  49. Ryan Williams said:

    also i think it becomes a problem when like a white person wants to like… wear a native american head dress that is earned over the course of your lifetime and given in esteem to a chief and the white person is just like “looks pretty !!” cause like not even all native people will wear that cause it needs to be earned, it’s not just part of their fashion or religion. i also think people would have less of a problem with white people w/ dreads if people like kylie jenner are praised as “fashion forward” for wearing dreads while people like zendaya are called “dirty hippie” and told they “probably smell like hashish oil”

    October 4, 2018
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  50. Adam Schlinker said:

    You're my favourite channel right now. Just discovered your Straight Dude Logic video a couple days ago. Thanks for making videos!

    October 6, 2018
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  51. Les Bains Douches said:

    so.. Are you a janitor?

    October 7, 2018
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  52. Slowest of the Slow Kids said:

    Wait, are you a janitor? I should probably know that, lol, but…

    October 23, 2018
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  53. Estelle A said:

    Thank yooooouuu! I think this whole discussion is so over exaggerated. I'm a archeaology student and my gosh if people knew how much all the different cultures from prehistory have borrowed from each other they would forget about culture appropriation in a second. People have always borrowed and been inspired by each other(in both good and bad ways). As long as you understand the historical context and have respect then I really don't see a problem. Especially when it comes to art&fashion, some patterns are the same form all over the world and different cultures so it's actually pretty fucking ridicoulus to claim that a pattern being used somewhere is oppressive somehow. Is it really that awful to be inspired by something beautiful from another culture? I believe the opposite, there's nothing wrong with influence and inspiration as long as you understand and respect the original source. Stop making problems out of nothing!

    October 26, 2018
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  54. HarbourLightning said:

    here in 2018! I've admired dreadlocks from afar for 15 years and am now gaining the courage to go after a hair dream. I do have spiritual reasons for doing it for the most part but I also simply think dreads are the most beautiful expression of hair. That shouldn't be a crime

    October 29, 2018
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  55. Jorge Castillo said:

    I don't need to watch the video, I can answer the question: I can wear whatever the fuck I want.
    Thanks.

    November 9, 2018
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  56. Sos Mula said:

    Dogg dreads are Viking kulture y y'all think it's blakk kulture it kame from tha Vikings

    November 21, 2018
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  57. Paul Bible said:

    Great video!!

    December 23, 2018
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  58. delicious dinner meal said:

    Wait are you a janitor?

    December 26, 2018
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  59. Sayed Batshon said:

    The other day I saw a white woman smack her kids in a Walmart and I was very offended by this public display of appropriating middle Eastern culture!

    December 31, 2018
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  60. Cheryl S said:

    I would encourage everyone to read hooks' essay – 'eating the other'. We seek aspects of 'the primitive other' to divert ourselves from our whiteness. We understand that to suggest black people are monolithic is racist, but but as those with systemic power, it is, when we look at it critically, historically dangerous, because it is, in part what can lead to erasure of culture if it is not acknowledged, say, that hip hop, jazz and dreadlocks are undeniably derived from 'black' people/culture.

    December 31, 2018
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  61. Cheryl S said:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-WUKfMfUfY ('bell hooks, Eating the other: Desire and resistance')

    December 31, 2018
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  62. kalen bogart said:

    I’ve had this argument many times, and I’m very glad to have this video. It’s a more fleshed out and articulated discussion than I have been able to formulate in the heat of the moment in the debate.

    Keep up the quality content

    January 3, 2019
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  63. Carolina Motta said:

    I'm about to do cotton dreadlocks with a friend and honestly: thank you SO MUCH for this video!

    January 7, 2019
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  64. M0rn1n6St4r said:

    LOL… by the "cultural appropriation" line of reasoning, Rock 'n' Roll shouldn't be "white music", as it was created by Chuck Berry. But, Chuck Berry started by "appropriating" Country-Western. So???

    What if India and China kept all the GOOD spices for themselves? If you're not Indian or Chinese, you should only use herbs; stop appropriating FLAVORFUL food. Not Mayan? No chocolate for YOU! If only my Sicilian grandmothers knew… pasta is completely inappropriate Italian food, because it "appropriates" the noodles of medieval China and Japan. 🙂

    "Them belly full, but we hungry." -Bob Marley, dreadlock enthusiast

    The point is… the more we share culture, the better the culture gets.

    btw- Even if "cultural appropriation" exists, can it be "perpetrated" on African cultures, or their "derivative" cultures? Everyone on the planet comes from African ancestors. As someone of Sicilian ancestry, my African ancestors are more recent than MOST… but, certainly not ALL. None of my ancestors are from Jamaica. Arguably, neither are any ancestors from Jamaica, for friends from Mali and Senegal. As (literally) African-Americans… are they GUILTY of "cultural appropriation" if "caught" wearing dreadlocks? Jah know! 🙂

    January 9, 2019
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  65. Maya S said:

    Cultural appropriation is as American as apple pie and school shootings.

    January 13, 2019
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  66. Vincent said:

    I think cultural appropriation doesn't work well as a critique when directed at individuals. But when my white mom gets compliments for wearing a poncho while I as a POC get stares and racists comments when I wear it, something is happening that's not okay. To me cultural appropriation doesn't mean adapting or liking something from a different culture but taking something for fashion or entertainment without accepting and respecting the people and the culture it originates from.

    January 15, 2019
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  67. Laura Hill said:

    This is the case for non-Arabic belly dancers. Go in Instagram and find a Russian or otherwise white belly dancer and – ENJOY HER BEAUTIFUL DANCING – but then scroll down for the hate from Arabic women who think she has no right…eyeroll…

    January 26, 2019
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  68. Berthil Reymound said:

    Some of the earliest depictions of dreads actually date back to ancient greece 3600 BC.
    if people would just look up ''origin of dreadlocks'' they would find that dreadlocks have been worn by nearly every culture at some point in time or another. Roman accounts stated that the Celts wore their hair ‘like snakes’. The Germanic tribes and Vikings were also known to wear their hair in dreadlocks. Dreadlocks have been worn by the monks of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the Nazarites of Judiasm, Qalandri’s Sufi’s, the Sadhu’s of Hinduism, and the Dervishes of Islam, Egyptians, etc etc
    And all cultures derive inspiration from other cultures. and sometimes cultures share the same things regardless of inspiration because humans all across the world are more or less the same.
    if people insist on making that a bad thing then that's actually based on fear/hate/racism or at least just being a little ignorant.

    February 3, 2019
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  69. Brian Arbenz said:

    It is wrong for someone in the majority group to use the majority's superior economic posture to take a minority's cultural style and redefine it. An example would be the watering down of calypso music from the natural calypso of the Bahamas, which sounds very little like the glitzed up North American studio version designed to sell to the white public. But it is not wrong for someone in the majority to emulate a minority's cultural style if they are honoring it with authenticity and respecting the minority group's ownership of it.

    February 9, 2019
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  70. Adam Merrill said:

    A lot of the time I hear cultural appropriation in the context of things like sexy indian costumes and the thing is, thats not apropriating any part of any native American culture, its just using stereotypes and making a mockery of these people. Its okay to participate in other peoples culture, its not okay to mock or degrade other peoples cultures.

    February 10, 2019
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  71. Basil Sullivan said:

    Nice neuanceed view, Dreds come mainly from Africa, but as the Jamaican slaves hat been ripped from their culture and society this was a tradition they could continue. But some strands of Rastafarianism can be very racist and only accept that black people. Bob Marley once told a white reporter that he could only become Rasta if he was reborn black. In the same interview he spoke very intelligently on capatilism, greed and materialism. Given that some Rasta believe this I can see why they may view white people growing dreads as Babalon staring from them, but I don't agree with this. The ancient Celts had Dreds also as many had very curly red hair, and we are the pastiest white guys you will ever encounter.

    February 15, 2019
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  72. MrPtrlix said:

    I think white "hippie" people with dreadlocks has become a thing of its own at this point such that it's not a burrowing of another culture's thing anymore. Similar to the way you can say that the English language includes the phrase "en route".

    February 17, 2019
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  73. Cory Carman said:

    A counterpoint I would like to put forward from my understanding of this subject is that the issue is less with the individual elements being appropriated (I absolutely agree that anyone should be able to wear/do what they like with hair and clothes, with sensitivity to claims of significance or history to that practice), but is instead a reaction to the way culture has responded to these acts of appropriation. Taking your dreadlock and hip-hop examples, the it was explained to me is that it isn't "bad" that white people are twisting their hair or rapping, but that those who do were quickly accepted and praised while engaging in a practice originated by black people who were mocked or rejected for the styles they chose. I hear it as a cry for recognition and validation, not for isolation – but with how poorly understood the line between appreciation and theft is, and a very recent history of that line being crossed with impunity, I think that the most appropriate reaction for white allies in the currently climate is restraint. Education on this subject is just starting to gain traction, and it's helpful to address the entitlement that fuels the thought: I should be able to wear/do/have that.

    To borrow your tagline: that's just me. I certainly won't claim to be an authority, just a person who tries to listen and treat others well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and I love listening to your take on cultural issues!
    (But are your really a janitor? I'm 20 videos deep into the queue and I'm still trying to figure out the name).

    March 17, 2019
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  74. T1J said:

    I made a video with updated thoughts on this topic. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ45VpBB0rQ

    March 22, 2019
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  75. Matthew Ramada said:

    You are a beautiful human.

    April 7, 2019
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  76. Matthew Ramada said:

    Also, white people not being allowed to learn Spanish would be a bit of a problem for Spain.

    April 7, 2019
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  77. Roof2 said:

    MORONS ITS NOT BLACK hairstyle ! LEARN THE HISTORY ! VIKINGS HAVE DREADLOCKS ! MANY CULTURES HAVE DREADLOCKS

    April 20, 2019
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  78. Blink said:

    Dreads go waaaay further back than a lot of people think. They were used by Greeks, Vikings, etc

    May 6, 2019
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  79. Blink said:

    Thank you. You're commentary is much appreciated. 💜

    May 6, 2019
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  80. nightowl said:

    Cultural appropriation is the "keep to your own" logic. It's drawing a line between ethnicities and cultures, and warning people not to cross it. I get it if someone borrows something from another culture and doesn't recognise it's heritage, but this is childish self-segregation.

    May 30, 2019
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  81. A Steel Cup said:

    "By that logic white people shouldn't learn Spanish"

    What? Umm…. Spain is in Europe… Spanish people are pretty white, at least a lot of them..

    June 5, 2019
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  82. RighBread said:

    I'm a white dude and I rocked dreadlocks for around 4 or 5 years. I took extremely good care of them and at the risk of sounding vain, they looked pretty damn good. What I noticed during that time was that whenever I got genuine compliments on my hair, 9 times out of 10 it was from someone who was African-American. Conversely, if I got negative comments (usually something to the effect of "when are you going to cut your hair" or "get a haircut" or "I really don't think those look good"), it was exclusively from white folks. I hadn't thought much of this until a good friend of mine began hinting at the fact that my hair fell under the "cultural appropriation" umbrella, and I ended up asking them bluntly if that's how they felt and they confirmed it. I tried getting them to explain what made it cultural appropriation, and explained that if anyone who my friend claimed should be offended by my hair was actually offended, they weren't telling me. Friend didn't buy into it too much though. This sort of mindset comes from a good place I think, but it's wildly fascinating to me that so many white folks try so hard to be protective of the groups that are vulnerable that they end up dictating what should and should not be considered offensive and angering to those groups. It's almost impossible to get these kinds of people to see the forest through the trees.

    June 6, 2019
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  83. Jess Tripp said:

    Exactly!! Indeed, we all have borrowed different ideas, styles etc. throughout the thousands of years humans have been living, on this planet. Besides, we are all one anyway. One love…we’re all brothers & sisters who are individuals. 💖 My daughter is giving me shit about wearing dreads at Burning Man, because it’s more practical and easier on my hair in the desert, considering all the the alkaline dust storms, since we build Black Rock City in a prehistoric lakebed. Throughout the years I have ripped out too much hair. Plus, I admire dreads on others & think this style as beautiful and spiritual. I guess I personally look at everything as one,. My black friends have told me they think it looks awesome & are not offended. They say it’s actually a compliment to their culture. I think people should open their minds more. I can style my hair anyway that I want to express myself as an individual. My grandfather was 1/2 Native American & he wouldn’t have a gave a shit if someone wore their hair in a Mohawk style….or am I not enough Native American to wear moccasins?

    Yes, their is cruelty & racism & I hate it, and advocate for my sisters and brothers and do all I can to fight for true equality.

    If people are more concerned about judging a social worker, who has spent the last 15 years serving the more vulnerable & oppressed populations in Detroit, for wearing my hair in dreads, then they are fighting the wrong fight.

    Maybe instead of being so judgmental, they should look in the mirror and ask what they are doing for people & the planet. Then they would realize there is so much more they can do with their energy.

    Expand your minds…think bigger. We are all truly mixed with multiple ethnicities. This has been scientifically proven through DNA testing.

    One love people one love.❤️

    June 17, 2019
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  84. Jess Tripp said:

    You are a cool & intelligent cat. I appreciate you and your open mind. Gratitude for your expression. 🙏🏽

    June 17, 2019
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  85. NoYourself said:

    It’s funny how Americans associate the Spanish language with non white people but to a Brit like me Spanish is spoken by white people in Spain.

    July 10, 2019
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  86. Raman / BillyRubin said:

    Cultural appropriation is in the most cases pretty cool. We should merge our cultures cuz race and culture is arbitrary. There are some cases of fucked up appropriation tho. (Pokahontas)
    Also vikings had dreadlocks

    July 11, 2019
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  87. Claymo said:

    I just feel like white people look gross with dreads

    July 13, 2019
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  88. Dizzy Gaming972 said:

    I want dreads for many personal reasons and what the Rasta religion has done for me and the hairs all come together to form a strong bond like unification

    July 19, 2019
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  89. Victor Blanco said:

    I liked this video better then your other video on the subject.

    July 21, 2019
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  90. Josh Austin said:

    I'm Celtic,dreaded and from Alabama, and the Celts wore locks,the most ancient hairstyle their is. The Rastas ,they say were highly influenced by the Shivites from India. If you think about it,dreadlocks are not that common in Africa per capita. But anyway,whoever likes dreadlocks should grow and rock their strength

    August 4, 2019
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  91. Drahcir Nevarc said:

    Sensible chap. I think all non-bald white people ought to grow absolutely massive dreadlocks, and flaunt them in front of the offence-takers.

    August 10, 2019
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  92. Leyla Daze said:

    whoa thank you for finally putting this so bluntly. all things are beginning to become blended and shared.. isn't that the goal of moving forward with an open minded artistic culture? you can hardly be an artist without stealing something from someone.. that's always how it's been.

    August 11, 2019
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  93. Chris Cannon said:

    Of course.

    August 17, 2019
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  94. Anthony said:

    "By that logic, white people shouldn't watch anime." Ok but where's the bad in that🤔🤔🤔

    September 1, 2019
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  95. Aliven Kikin said:

    Dreads comes from Prehistory and since every race has adopted them without appropriating them from anyone else. Rastafarian’s came much later so it’s dumb that they are seen as cultural owners of dreads. Most prehistoric peoples had dreads. Also if you can only adopt things created by someone with the same skin color as you then you’re a racist and more importantly a fucking idiot. As for black face what about that black writer who took offence at a photo of coal miners ge thought were in black face and when it was brought to his attention they weee miners he doubled down on his ignorance and told the restaurant to take down the photo of coal miners because he was triggered and though it was blackface.

    September 2, 2019
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  96. Liz Carroll said:

    You are brilliant!

    September 5, 2019
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  97. Killsocialmedia said:

    The first known people who wore dreads were Minoans. White folks. Its just hair. Who cares

    September 8, 2019
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  98. James Parker said:

    I’ve always wondered just how black you have to be to wear locks. Like does someone have a scale?

    September 8, 2019
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  99. Derrion Larry said:

    So you’re not African?

    September 24, 2019
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  100. greek1237 said:

    The Greeks had it. The Egypt had it, hell even the Vikings had Dreads. White people can have Dreadlocks.

    October 18, 2019
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