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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 11:49 am (UTC)
kalypso: Susan and Tumnus (Queen)
From: [personal profile] kalypso
Well, obviously I'm coming from a very different perspective (I wore a rainbow bracelet on Saturday to mark Gilbert Baker's death), but I perceive the rainbow as a symbol in many different cultures - in the Noah story, obviously, but also as Bifrost Bridge and the goddess Iris - and also I associate it with the death of a child I knew. So for me, it's never had an exclusive meaning, and I welcome its diversity.

PS That wasn't the icon I was thinking of, but never mind.
Edited Date: 2017-04-03 11:50 am (UTC)

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