A United Nations committee heard arguments this week to make “cultural appropriation” illegal worldwide.
A group of Native Americans and indigenous advocates brought their case before a committee within the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization and, if passed, it would outlaw the appropriation of “indigenous designs, dances, words, and traditional medicines,” CBC reported.
James Anaya, the University of Colorado Boulder Law School dean, told the committee that the United Nations ought to “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.”
Anaya recounted a lawsuit brought against the retail chain Urban Outfitters by the Navajo Nation who sued the store for promoting a “Navajo” line of clothing.
The case was settled out of court in 2016.
The U.N. committee has been working on crafting legislation for decades that would outlaw so-called cultural appropriation.
Pop star Katy Perry was recently forced to apologize after she was accused of “appropriating” African-American culture by wearing cornrows and eating a watermelon in a recent video.
If you think this sounds ridiculous, you are not alone.
Now indigenous advocates are petitioning the United Nations to make “cultural appropriation” illegal worldwide. https://t.co/qNcTDgsxY7
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) June 14, 2017
Can’t wait to sue non-whites for driving cars & using electricity
— revi (@revident_evil) June 14, 2017
The descent into the abyss of madness continues
— George (@knkstumpy) June 14, 2017
That’s OK. They can give up all the things white civilizations have given the world. Happy to sue them
— elizabeth scott (@genepoolreject) June 14, 2017
The perpetually aggrieved crowd is making this a stupid world to live in.
— Anmarie (@LiberalHeretic) June 13, 2017
The automobile is American. Back to your bicycles, China. Oh wait, those aren’t yours either. Whoever invented the bike, raise your hand!
— Texaner in London (@texanerinlondon) June 13, 2017
Let’s agree to that. Non-whites can’t use items/services invented by whites…cars, computers, electricity, lightbulbs, television, phones..
— Alva J (@JustSayNoToMSM) June 13, 2017
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