Leftists from all around the world are calling on a 189-delegate United Nations committee to make cultural appropriation a criminal offense.
The UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization has been in Geneva this week working on a mission that began in 2001. They are creating international regulations that will ban people from “stealing” indigenous art, dance, and medicine. It will do more than ban, it will punish offenders.
The U.N. statists want global laws with enforcement mechanisms to punish those who steal from a culture as if it were a criminal offense.
Not only would this stifle innovation but it will divide people, to say nothing of the fact that the U.N. wants to rule the world.
James Anaya, the dean of law at the University Colorado, spoke to the committee on Monday and insisted the plan “obligate states to create effective criminal and civil enforcement procedures to recognize and prevent the non-consensual taking and illegitimate possession, sale and export of traditional cultural expressions.”
Almost everything has been labeled cultural appropriation at this point, except those that pertain to Western Europeans.
Cultural appropriation has become an oppressive leftist mechanism to control people.
Recently, a burrito shop in Portland had to close because the owners are white. Katy Perry spent the weekend apologizing for all her cultural appropriation sins because she didn’t realize how terrible they were. For example, she didn’t know there is power in black women’s hair so braids are out. A performance she put on during which she dressed as a Japanese woman is almost unforgivable. She was widely criticized for it.
The U.N. loons want to protect indigenous designs, dances, words, medicines and more. Words? Medicines? They better not use Western European and U.S. medicines then.
Anaya cited Urban Outfitters’ “Navajo hipster panties”, “Navajo print flask” and “peace treaty feather necklaces” as examples of products falsely advertised as Indigenous-made or endorsed.
A group of left-wing Native-Americans sued Urban Outfitters and reached an agreement.
False advertising is different from cultural appropriation. He’s conflating two different issues. Besides, it’s not even accurate. Urban Outfitters did nothing wrong.
These communists and socialists want to pass laws worldwide to stifle progress and imprison people in every way imaginable. This must never be legitimized.
Isn’t globalism grand?