Will UN Get Cultural Appropriation Criminalized?

A group of activists want the UN to create regulation banning cultural appropriation and punishing it.

Cultural appropriation isn’t even wrong or based on fact in most cases. Yet the U.N. might promote the criminalization of cultural appropriation. The implications are practically infinite. Will Taco Bell be shut down? Will white people be arrested for eating at Taco Bell? Will McDonalds be required the change the name of the breakfast burrito to breakfast wrap? This is an insane idea! No wonder the UN takes it seriously.

Katherine Timpf writes at the National Review,

Indigenous activists from all around the world are calling on a United Nations committee to make cultural appropriation a criminal offense.

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The 189-delegate committee, which is a subset of the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization, has been in Geneva this week working on a task that it began in 2001: Creating international regulations would ban people from “stealing” indigenous art, dance, and medicine.

Now, it’s important to emphasize that these advocates are not simply asking the UN to issue a statement calling out cultural appropriation as harmful; they actually want to implement laws and institute enforcement mechanisms to punish it as a criminal offense. As reported by CBC News, James Anaya, the dean of law at the University Colorado, spoke to the committee on Monday and demanded that the final document “obligate states to create effective criminal and civil enforcement procedures to recognize and prevent the non-consensual taking and illegitimate possession, sale and export of traditional cultural expressions.”

Here’s another commentary on it from The Rebel Media:

Read the rest of Katherine Timpf’s editorial.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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