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Cultural appropriation

In March 2016, an African-American woman at San Francisco State University confronted a white student. She said he should cut his hair because dreadlocks belong to black culture. The incident went viral. Within a month, a YouTube video of the encounter had been watched more than 3.7 million times.

A few days ago, a Youtuber by name “Roaming Millennial” uploaded a video titled “HANDS OFF MY CULTURE!” | The Myth of Cultural Appropriation.

In the video, she debunks (show to be false) several of the arguments made for “cultural appropriation”.

Watch the  video where an American teenager defends why cultural appropriation is acceptable and not something we should frown upon (disapproval), giving plenty of examples to defend her argument.

Class activity

Morality experiments

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Text from: Philosophy Experiments.

In this activity you will be presented with 19 different moral scenarios. In each case, you will be asked to make a judgment about what is the morally right thing to do. When you have answered all the questions, you will be presented with an analysis of your responses that  should reveal some interesting things about your moral framework and how it compares to others who have completed the activity.

Before starting Morality Play, it is important to bear the following in mind: At no time in the activity will your responses to the moral dilemmas be judged to be ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’.

You should respond with what you think is the morally right thing to do, which may not be the same as what you would actually do. Several questions talk about ‘moral obligation’. In this activity, to say you are morally obliged to do something means you must do that thing in order to behave morally. When the moral obligation is ‘strong’, this means not doing what is obligated of you is a serious wrongdoing; when the obligation is ‘weak’, failing to do what is obligated of you is still a wrongdoing, but not a serious one.

Finally, remember to read each moral dilemma very carefully. You will find there are similarities between some of the scenarios. However, don’t let this lure you into responding without thinking – each scenario needs at least some thought!