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‘Hunger Games’ Star Dishes Very Appropriate Lesson on Cultural Appropriation

A video clip of Amandla Stenberg, otherwise known as Rue, the adorable little brown girl (who’s not so little anymore) from Hunger Games, is buzzing on the Web. The actress delivers a timely lesson for her history class entitled, ‘Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows: A Crash Discourse on Black Culture’—which takes an in-depth look into cultural appropriation.

Amandla starts the video with a discussion on Black hair appropriation—most notably cornrows. From there, she aptly schools viewers about what cultural appropriation is and how it affects our culture:

“Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations but is deemed “cool” or “funny” when the privileged, take it for themselves. It occurs when the appropriator is not aware of the deep significance of the culture they are partaking in.”

*looks at you Iggy Azalea and Katy Perry*

She goes even deeper to discuss how said appropriators rock Black culture as if it’s their own and how many failed to speak up or get involved with the recent issues that directly affect Black people—hi, police brutality.

She ended the video with this question to ponder:

What would America be like if it loved Black people as much as it loves Black culture? *mic drops*

Like the old wise words say, “Out of the mouth of babes…”

Brittney Chase

Brittney Chase

Brittney L. A. Chase is a copy editor at Jawbreaker. She's also a fab wife and mother.