Borrowing concepts from other cultures while paying homage to their origins — appreciation — is natural. Borrowing concepts without giving credit where credit is due or claiming to "discover" things that were already prevalent within another culture, however — appropriation — is problematic as all get-out. As Nicki Minaj once told Vanessa Grigoriadis of The New York Times: "If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us."
In the past few decades — and especially within the past few years –— White people have seemingly taken a liking to "Columbusing" other cultures — specifically Black culture. Read on to learn about more than a dozen things invented by Black people that their White counterparts have tried to take credit for.
The Video Game Cartridge
The Harlem Shake
Rock And Roll
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