Why Cultural Appropriation is Offensive and Potentially Harmful

There are written and unwritten laws and guidelines in all cultures that spell out what is culturally accepted or culturally appropriate. It’s almost impossible to live today without borrowing from other cultures, but how this borrowing takes place is very pertinent. People consider the misuse, misrepresentation, and unlawful use of their culture offensive because it can be detrimental and disrespectful to their values, traditions and beliefs and a threat or insult to their honour and dignity.


I’ve observed that the fundamental problem has barely been touched by anyone in the Achraf Hakimi divorce case. We barely have enough credible information to make most of the judgments I’ve seen online, so I’ll focus on something I have enough information on.

Even though the outcome of a marriage mostly comes down to personal responsibility, there’s also this ghostly penumbra cast by the legal system that we so frequently fail to acknowledge, especially for Western marriages. In the last few decades, the institution of marriage has been transformed from a sacred institution that provided stability and meaning, to a financial tug of war which mostly has men at the losing end. The Ebue, Cisse’ and recently Hakimi cases aren’t isolated