Monday, October 13, 2014


Columbusing is the appropriation or theft of anything that does not belong to you without giving credit or making reference to origin. Pretty much the same way that Columbus "discovered" America, even though native Americans already lived and thrived there. In other words, Columbusing is cultural thievery. 
Here are just a few pop culture examples in honor or should I say dishonor of Columbus Day.

1. Elle Magazine has decided that Timberland boots will be “the Birkenstocks of fall.” That may very well be true, but Timberlands have been a style staple in my closet and in the closets of just about everybody that I know for about 30 years. In fact, "Timbs" as they are effectionately known in some circles were just as popular if not more popular than Air Jordans at one time. Now they're being part of a high-fashion "trend alert" just because they went from the feet of rappers to those of celebrities.

2. The Los Angeles Times got in on the Columbusing action by declaring cornrows a fashion trend. Never mind the fact that Black people have been wearing corn rows since 500 BC. They decided to name Bo Derek, Kristen Stewart and Rita Ora as examples of the “new” cornrow trend, it’s almost as if Ingrid Schmidt, the author of the piece, went out of her way to find any example of cornrows that weren’t black. Derek is cool, but her 1970s style choices are not relevant to today’s popular culture.

3. This one is pretty ridiculous. But nowhere near as ridiculous as the notion that Columbus discovered America.

Big Butts..

Patricia Garcia of Vogue magazine declared, “We're officially in the era of the big booty." But if you were raised by a Black woman, are related to a bunch of Black women, been around a lot of Black women, and are married to a beautiful black woman like me, like I am, you've always been in the era of the big booty. Black women have ALWAYS had them. Unless Garcia has never ventured outside, it is baffling how she can believe that the big booty is a new trend. Seems like big derrieres are in style only when they begin to "pop up" in other cultures.


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