The president of Pitzer College in California is condemning hate speech after a group of Hispanic students’ message to white girls about cultural appropriation made headlines.
Students recently spray-painted “White Girl, Take OFF Your Hoops!!!” on a campus wall dedicated to free speech. Alegria Martinez, a college Resident Assistant (RA) and member of the Latinx Student Union, later explained to students in a campus-wide email thread that she and other women of color wrote the message “after being tired and annoyed with the reoccuring [sic] theme of white women appropriating styles.”
“The culture actually comes from a historical background of oppression and exclusion,” Ms. Martinez wrote, The Claremont Independent reported. “White people have actually exploited the culture and made it into fashion.”
Student Jacquelyn Aguilera, who also helped write the message, added, “If you didn’t create the culture as a coping mechanism for marginalization, take off those hoops … I use ‘those’ instead of ‘your’ because hoops were never ‘yours’ to begin with.”
These same Hispanic women no doubt incorporate “Anglo” culture into their daily lives, such as speaking the English language. I don’t mind.