Latina students at an expensive college campus have spray-painted the message on a dormitory wall, “White Girl, Take OFF your hoops!!!” The message puzzled some students until Alegria Martinez, an active member of the university’s Latinx Student Union, took credit and emailed an explanation to every student. She claimed it was a response to cultural appropriation, reports the Daily Caller:
“[T]he art was created by myself and a few other WOC [women of color] after being tired and annoyed with the reoccuring [sic] theme of white women appropriating styles … that belong to the black and brown folks who created the culture…Meanwhile we wonder, why should white girls be able to take part in this culture (wearing hoop earrings just being one case of it) and be seen as cute/aesthetic/ethnic. White people have actually exploited the culture and made it into fashion.”
Jacquelyn Aguilera, a second student who took credit for the message, also emailed every student:
“If you didn’t create the culture as a coping mechanism for marginalization, take off those hoops, if your feminism isn’t intersectional take off those hoops, if you try to wear mi cultura when the creators can no longer afford it, take off those hoops.”
The location of the messages is Pitzer college in Southern California, which charges $66,192 for a single year of tuition, fees and room and board. This may raise questions as to whether these students really can no longer afford their hoop earrings.