June 18, 2017

NOTE THAT THIS IDIOTIC EFFORT TO OUTLAW “CULTURAL APPROPRIATION” IS BEING PUSHED BY AN AMERICAN LAW DEAN:

Speaking to the committee Monday, James Anaya, dean of law at the University of Colorado, said the UN’s negotiated document should “obligate states to create effective criminal and civil enforcement procedures to recognize and prevent the non-consensual taking and illegitimate possession, sale and export of traditional cultural expressions.” . . .

Anaya is one of several Indigenous leaders at this round of negotiations who are questioning just how seriously some member states are taking the negotiations.

The committee has been working on three draft documents for 16 years, and member states are now going through them line by line.

It is a painstaking, slow process, and some Indigenous leaders say they are frustrated and disenchanted about the committee’s future.

Good, because it shouldn’t be taken seriously. Nobody owns a culture — and if someone can, then these people are appropriating the Anglo-American legal culture of complaint, and should be forced to stop. . . .