Frat Accused of Cultural Appropriation of Dead Civilization

Don't walk like an Egyptian. It's cultural appropriation.

The University of Michigan’s Delta Sigma Phi chapter announced Saturday that it canceled a “Nile”-themed party after the president of the school’s Egyptian Student Association criticized the fraternity on social media.

The party urged students to “honor our Egyptian roots and join us on the night of September 1st to celebrate our newly built pyramid” and to “come to [the party] as a mummy, Cleopatra or King Tut,” according to a now-deleted Facebook event page, The Michigan Daily reported.

Egyptian Student Association president Yasmeen Afifi lambasted the fraternity and the party in a series of tweets, repeatedly signaling the frat brothers out for their skin color.

“I am the president of the Egyptian student association and these whites don’t know what they got themselves into,” she tweeted Friday.

“White umich back on their bull [expletive] and cultural appropriation can’t wait !!!,” another tweet reads.

Let's unpack this cotton knapsack and have a malt beer.

1. Ancient Egypt is a dead civilization. You can't appropriate a dead culture. Or rather anyone can. As it doesn't belong to anyone.

2. Arab colonists are the last people to have any moral authority in the matter. On top of that, Cleopatra was Greek, neither ancient Egyptian nor Arab. So Yasmeen needs to stop appropriating Greek culture.

3. Arabs were generally listed as whites.

“White people have invaded, stolen, erased, and defaced numerous ancient Egyptian artifacts, symbols and temples in attempt to claim one of the greatest civilizations as their own,” she wrote.

By "white people", she means the Arab invaders who keep trying to claim the civilization as their own while looting and destroying it. And then there was the Islamist plan to blow up the pyramids.

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