Columbusing

Columbusing

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Updated Jul 08, 2014 at 04:25PM EDT by Brad.

Added Jul 08, 2014 at 01:02PM EDT by Don.

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Columbusing is an Internet slang term used to describe the act of white people appropriating non-white culture for themselves without recognizing its true origins. The term is named after the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, who was credited with discovering the Americas while it was already inhabited by indigenous people.

Origin

On June 23rd, 2014, CollegeHumor[1] released a sketch comedy film titled “Colmbusing: Discovering Things for White People,” in which a man explains how the term “Columbusing” is used to describe white people discovering existing trends as if they were new (shown below).



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On the following day, the video was highlighted on The Huffington Post,[3] where it received over 40,000 Facebook likes in the next two weeks. On June 25th, 2014, the women’s interest site Jezebel[5] published an article praising the video for calling out cultural appropriation. On July 6th, NPR[2] published an article titled “Columbusing: The Art of Discovering Something That is Not New,” which cited a BuzzFeed[6] article referring to empanada baked pastries as “hand pies” as an example of Columbusing. The following day, the Internet news site UpRoxx[4] highlighted the CollegeHumor video.

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theproton
theproton

The fuck does it matter if white people do something white culture didnt invent. It doesnt take anything away from its origin. And it really shouldnt matter who we associate current trends with instead of their creators.
Micheal Jackson didnt invent the moonwalk but we all think he’s the best at it.

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