One of my favorite shows is Antiques Roadshow on PBS. Antiques give a glimpse into history by showing what people actually used and found appealing as art. Watching the show also gives me cover and plausible deniability with some of my relatives who say “isn’t PBS great?!”
I’ve only recently had my consciousness raised to understand the demonic nature of Cultural Appropriation. For instance, I thought the appraisal of some Alaskan masks was really interesting. The set was appraised for $250,000. What fun and how exciting!
But these Tlingit masks on “Antiques Roadshow” draw questions from Southeast Alaska as possible Cultural Appropriation. “Rosita Worl, director of Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau, says Sealaska will try to contact the man if they can find out his identity. Since the items are now privately owned, she says they can’t be repatriated. That avenue is only available when items are held by federally funded institutions. But Worl still thinks the items should be returned.”
Even more astounding is that white people are appropriating the art of black people! Here we clearly see that a white woman is happy owning two paintings from black artist Clementine Hunter. These paintings are worth about $4,000 for the set at auction and Clementine Hunter probably originally sold them for perhaps $100 each although she sold some of her works for $0.50 when she was starting out.
Even though Clementine Hunter sold the paintings to anyone with money to buy them, this is clearly an instance were certain white people have appropriated black culture for their own selfish benefit. I imagine that the owner of the paintings even has the gall to display them in her house!
And then there’s China! Do you honestly think this $120,000 Tang Dynasty Marble Lion just jumped into this white woman’s purse? I think not! Someone appropriated this item from China and brought it to the United States on purpose. How sad is that?
Well, I suppose this means I can’t watch Antiques Roadshow any longer since it is the very essence of Cultural Appropriation. I thought about continuing to watch and just skip the offending segments but, unfortunately, you ultimately don’t know that an item is guilty of Cultural Appropriation until you’re well into the appraisal.
Darn. I always thought antiques were fun and allowed me to have a broader Cultural Appreciation. However, with my new heightened awareness, I now know that the buying and selling of antiques is the height of Cultural Appropriation.
I suppose that if an ancestor of yours acquired something that was in common use by all members of society, you’re fine to keep it. You can even get it appraised as long as you don’t sell it (which, I suppose, may have an unintended consequence on the value of the item).
There are some gray areas such as Confederate memorabilia. For instance, if you have a Confederate flag that has been passed down in the family, you should be ashamed and promptly destroy it. Or, at a minimum, it should be kept hidden away in your now empty gun safe to make sure children aren’t exposed to it.
I hope I’ve helped elevate your knowledge of the wisdom behind the elimination of Cultural Appropriation. I also call on PBS to immediately cancel Antiques Roadshow along with the purging of videos from its website and YouTube. I also formally call for Congressional Hearings on how this could have happened on a network that is partially funded by federal tax funds. It well may be that the appointing of a Special Prosecutor is warranted in this instance as well particularly as regards Fabergé eggs and other so-called Russian antiques.