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Old 07-10-2016, 11:49 AM   #221 (permalink)
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Yeah, exploitation is a big one for me.

What's so harmful about Trump's Hispanic comment is how he's using a cultural product in a highly commercialized/commodified manner (Trump Tower Grill) to his own selfish benefit of increasing his voter demographic attempting to counteract his own previous racist comments. It's facetious and disrespectful.

I think borrowing is generally okay, as long as someone goes into it knowing that claiming something for their own doesn't erase centuries of historical, spiritual and political relevance and meaning to the original culture. For example...if I wanted to borrow the swastika symbol insisting on the original spiritual meaning of the symbol, I could not expect others not to be offended because of its more current antisemitic connotations. Symbols have cultural and historical meaning attached to them.
Relevant: Swastika flags at Vancouver home spark cultural dialogue - British Columbia - CBC News

The look on the man's face says it all.
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That's an interesting story.

I appreciate the woman's honest sharing of how her first reaction is an experience of fear. And the following quotes as well:

"Symbols have meaning, and the meaning of this symbol — in the Western world certainly — is one that is the absolute opposite of peace, and to see it flying in Vancouver it is difficult to see and it represents something that's very hateful to me.

"I think many people would want to not knock on the door, because they would be nervous about who they might encounter inside," she said, adding that she would welcome a cross-cultural conversation about what the symbol means to different people."
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