now I know this site isn’t know for being the most receptive to this stuff but surely other people find it extremely cringe how SOME street/park skiers appropriate african american culture. I’m not going to start naming individual people but we’ve all seen it, and this was touched on briefly in a previous thread by someone else. this seems to be especially prevalent in the younger instagram street skier demographic.
like get a grip, you have to be incredibly privileged to be skiing at all. regardless of whether you park/street ski etc rather than something more “traditional” and money-based such as racing, you are still doing something that requires not only money to get into, but is dominated by white people.
don’t get me wrong - the park/street scene is obviously the least money-driven area of skiing but it’s not exempt from what I’m saying. in fact, most of this cultural appropriation stuff seems to be perpetrated BY young park and street skiers.
these kids need to stop trying to act like they’re a marginalised person of colour. I’m working class and my parents don’t ski, I took it up in 2019 and I’m like a lot of the people on here - paying my way by sacrificing in other areas of my life. but I’m also white and can acknowledge how stupid it is for white kids to be going around skiing in durags, dropping the n-word etc. skiing is a white, wealthy sport and the reason I was introduced to it is because I had white, wealthy friends. that was my “in”. a lot of minorities don’t have that. so for these kids to dress and act the way they do is such a slap in the face to people of colour.
they can try to distance themselves from the money associated with skiing all they like but I have to laugh when these kids try and mimic the culture of a targeted minority just because they do a niche area of skiing. does no one see the utter irony in that? just because you’re not a ski racer or similar doesn’t mean you’re a minority. you’re (more likely than not) a wealthy white kid doing a niche sport.
for a lot of these kids, their white parents are the ones funding them either directly or indirectly so they can go out and hit rails at street spots all day. the least they can do is refrain from appropriating minority culture.