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Saw this on twitter this morning:

Cultural appropriation of rainbow

Of course, everyone is mocking the original tweet, but it did get me thinking. Because, as a Christian, it has annoyed me for a long time that I can no longer use a rainbow as a symbol of God's love. Because the symbol is more commonly recognised in these times, as belonging to another group, symbolising something completely different. And that makes it feel like it has been stolen. Is that cultural appropriation? I'm not sure that it is; after all, the rainbow is up there in the sky, and people have used it before the LGBTQ movement to symbolise other things, such as ending racial discrimination. So why do I feel as if it has been stolen? Partly, I expect, because the LGBTQ symbol represents something completely anathema to God's teachings. Other uses of the rainbow haven't been for something hostile to Christianity. Does that hostility make it cultural appropriation? I don't know. It is something, but I'm not sure whether "cultural appropriation" is the right term for it.

Hey, thoughtful people, what do you think?

Date: 2017-04-03 03:10 am (UTC)
cheyinka: A Metroid from Metroid Prime, made to look like an old, faded photograph. (faded Metroid)
From: [personal profile] cheyinka
I feel the same way, though I don't like that I do - it feels particularly petty of me, because no one's taken the story of Noah and repurposed it, they've just used the idea of a spectrum of colors to mean a variety of identities. (I feel the same way about the word marriage, and again, it seems petty of me.)

On the other hand I do think the original tweet deserves mockery; it's an attempt to take people's complaints of cultural appropriation ("this thing is part of our culture, and you're claiming it for yourself without understanding it or caring about us") and turn Christians into the victim - which we aren't, anywhere we're a majority.

Date: 2017-04-03 06:18 am (UTC)
beatrice_otter: Dali's Christ of St. John of the Cross (St. John of the Cross)
From: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
On the other hand I do think the original tweet deserves mockery; it's an attempt to take people's complaints of cultural appropriation ("this thing is part of our culture, and you're claiming it for yourself without understanding it or caring about us") and turn Christians into the victim - which we aren't, anywhere we're a majority.

Exactly! Like, okay, Christians and Jews use the rainbow as a symbol. But both faiths have A HUGE NUMBER of other symbols that we use more regularly. If I were asked to name the top ten Christian symbols, the rainbow would not make it. They, on the other hand, do not have a huge store of positive symbols. I think we can let them have the rainbow.

And, let's be real, a color spectrum is neither the best nor the only way to turn a rainbow into a flag. If I wanted to make a "Christian rainbow" flag to tie into the story of Noah, what I'd do is I'd take a blue background and put a rainbow on it, so it's not just a color spectrum it's AN ACTUAL RAINBOW, and a much better callback to the Noah story. (Maybe I'd make it a grey background, instead? for the storms?)
Edited Date: 2017-04-03 06:19 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-03 01:05 pm (UTC)
cheyinka: the words 'glory, glory, send your glory' on a golden background (my glorious)
From: [personal profile] cheyinka
I would definitely go for grey + a series of stacked arcs, yeah - color out of colorlessness, hope out of the storm, etc. (I am kind of thinking of making this into a project for my 5-year-old and I, now, so thank you!)

Date: 2017-04-03 06:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
You're welcome!

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