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Debate Emerges After Native American Woman Tells Black Woman to ‘Keep Hands Off Our Culture’

When a Native American woman slammed a Black woman’s appropriation of her culture, Black Twitter users immediately took issue with the memo.

Cheyanne’s PSA referencing rapper Omerettà The Great (right) spurred a chain reaction of comments online. (@N8VChey/@omeretta4l)

The back-and-forth began when a woman named Cheyanne tweeted a PSA Monday, Aug. 7 slamming a photo of rapper Omerettà The Great posing in a costume likened to Pocahontas. *Update, Cheyanne has blocked ABS from viewing any of her tweets since this story went viral and the backlash ensued.

The subject of cultural appropriation is typically hurled at white people from nonwhite people, as has been the case in several situations involving the Kardashian-Jenner clan. However, Cheyanne pointed out that cultural appropriation can strictly involve nonwhite groups, too.

Several pointed out that Afro Indigenous people, individuals with mixed Black and Native American ancestry, have existed in the U.S.

One accused Cheyenne of being anti-Black.

Others agreed with Cheyenne’s message.

Meanwhile, Omerettà indicated she was unbothered by the uproar by posting these responses.


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