A caucasian man in Kansas City, Missouri made a stand on Thursday to fight cultural appropriation by segregating himself from African Americans, Asians, Mexicans, and other people of color. The decision, 21-year-old Douglas Thomas says, is to avoid adopting elements of any culture other than his own Anglo-Saxon heritage.
Thomas admitted that cultural appropriation used to be commonplace in his life, as he would participate weekly in “dreadlock Fridays” and often prank his friends by running around making primitive chant sounds while wearing a Native American headdress.
“The best thing I could do was to stay away from anyone who is not exactly like myself,” Thomas told local reporters. “In fact, I think to end cultural appropriation, which is a byproduct of bigotry, is to completely segregate ourselves from people who don’t share the same skin color or heritage.”
The young Thomas is now being hailed as a hero by renowned civil rights advocates, like Benjamin Crump, James Rucker, and Reverend Al Sharpton.
“Mr. Thomas should be an example to every white person in America,” Rev. Sharpton told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday night. “We all know segregation is the best solution to ending cultural appropriation – and more importantly, racism – in this country.”