Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"The Bell Curve" In Action: Latino Students Call The Wearing of Hoop Earrings "Cultural Appropriation"

The Daily Mail reports that "White women criticized for wearing hoop earrings because the style results from the 'oppression and exclusion' of people of color as the jewelry is increasingly seen as a form of 'cultural appropriation'." (See also this article from The Blaze). Not sure that it is increasingly seen by anyone of any note as a form of cultural appropriation except for the leftist fascists (but I repeat myself). In any event, there is a rather glaring problem with the whole idea:  gold, silver and bronze hoop earrings were prevalent in the Minoan Civilization (2000–1600 BC) and in later Bronze Age civilizations (including Greece) around the Mediterranean. Also:
... crescent-shaped gold hoops worn by Sumerian women around 2500 B.C.E. are the earliest earrings for which there is archaeological evidence. By 1000 B.C.E., tapered hoop (also known as boat-shaped) earrings, most commonly of gold but also of silver and bronze, had spread throughout the Aegean world and Western Asia. In Crete and Cyprus, earrings were embellished with twisted gold wire, clusters of beads, and pendants stamped out of thin sheet gold.
That took me all of about 30 seconds to find.

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