Cross-Cultural Engagement

Cultural misappropriation is the term given to the set of injuries marked by:

  • using music, reading, symbols, ritual, or iconography of a group without a willingness to engage in their struggle and/or story and connecting their struggle and/or story with our own (UU and community).
  • the use of cultural practices as bait rather than an as organic part of our cultural experience
  • an unwillingness to respect the community of origin or dishonoring the refusal of a community to share
  • disrespect or casual engagement with a practice, or
  • unwillingness to share the pain caused by intentional or unintentional misuse.

Council for Cross Cultural Engagement (formerly Cultural Misappropriation Task Force) - September 2006 ( click here for printable copy)

Helpful resources on Cross Cultural Engagement and Cultural Misappropriation:

UUA Racial Justice and Multicultural Ministries