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Swedish minister on dreadlocks accused of cultural appropriation

Amanda Lind (MP) Minister of Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport Ministry of Culture
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Amanda Lind is criticized for wearing a hairstyle "that does not represent Sweden".

Amanda Lind, Culture and Democracy, cultural appropriation, Rebecca Weidmo Uvell, Sweden

Sweden's new Culture and Democracy Minister Amanda Lind, 38 and leader of The Greens environmental party, since 2016, has been criticized for wearing dreadlocks, a hairstyle associated with the Rastafarian community. Although she stuck her long hair on a coke for the official photo of the new government, the criticism has soared.

Rebecca Weidmo Uvell, right-wing politician, writes on Twitter and afterwards now protects the tweets from her account.

Amanda Lind, Culture and Democracy, cultural appropriation, Rebecca Weidmo Uvell, Sweden
Rebecca Weidmo Uvell


It didn't help that Amanda Lind admitted that she had previously smoked cannabis: recreational and medical use, cultivation and cultivation are illegal in Sweden, and as a minister she does not represent herself but for Sweden. And I don't think you can wear such a hairstyle.

Cultural appropriation?

Controversy has escalated because Amanda Lind was accused of cultural appropriation in a newspaper article Aftonbladet. Nisrit Ghebil, a young artist, signed the text saying that a white woman, mainly in a position of power, "should not wear an African-American hairstyle," especially when black youth continue to be kicked out of American schools for wearing dreadlocks.

Amanda Lind, Culture and Democracy, cultural appropriation, Rebecca Weidmo Uvell, Sweden

In an interview on P3 radio, quoted by Le MondeAmanda Lind justifies herself by saying that cultural appropriation is an important topic of discussion, but that she has been wearing the same hairstyle for twenty years and does not intend to cut her hair. In the future, she wants to continue to show respect, even to those who think it's a mistake.

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