Friday, March 07, 2014

The new racism

A writer on Salon hates white non Egyptian belly dancers and goes on to insist that that people have no business “appropriating” artforms outside their culture.

I changed the word "white" because many Egyptians have Arab, blood, which is considered white (albeit non Indo European).

The Anchoress wonders what Jesse Norman would say?

Or Marion Anderson, or James Priest, or  Zubin Mehta or Seiji Ozawa?

Or the dancing ballerinas of Oklahoma

  Oklahoma's five Indian ballerinas are Maria Tallchief, Marjorie Tallchief, Yvonne Chouteau, Moscelyne Larkin and Rosella Hightower. 
As a result of their impact in the world of dance and the proud heritage each holds in their heart, the five ballerinas were named Oklahoma's treasures by former Gov. Frank Keating in 1997. They were honored with a mural, "Flight of Spirit," in the state Capitol rotunda. The mural artist, Mike Larsen, is an Oklahoma resident of Chickasaw descent.

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