So this is a photo of a white girl (who has openly and repeatedly stated that Asian girls are not attractive in the past and overall denies any form of privilege) with a tattoo of Buddha on her arm.
Buddha did not want his image used in such a way (literally in the temples and from his basic teachings, you are taught not to tattoo Buddha’s image to the body), and there’s also a tat of a white lotus which stands for mental purity and spiritual perfection which is another thing you’re not supposed to advertise on yourself. But a lot of white girls like the idea of a beautiful flower growing out of mud for some reason (without even doing the research of its cultural significance before getting it as a tattoo).
Buddha isn’t some image white people can make a tatted sleeve out of because they think it’s cool and they think they can identify with one of the enlightened people of our culture. If they knew anything about Buddhism at all they’d know that having a tattoo of Buddha is offensive to the overall culture and religion. But I guess no fucks were given.
Though it’s a religion, it’s entrenched in its culture and I just find the whole thing super offensive especially since it’s a white girl who has made racist remarks in the past and decides to take from the culture and disrespect the cultural and religious image.
I’m tired of seeing white people taking from cultures without any clue of the significance and damage of the appropriation. It’s racist and a modern day perpetuation of white colonialism. But I doubt the owner cares.
I have feelings like this, too.
Those feelings also come up when I see white folks with Japanese tattoos (or tbh, any Asian tattoos).