Every time we hear the name Christopher Columbus, we can’t help but wonder: “What will be stolen next.”

The term “columbusing” has been around for a minute. “Columbusing” is when a person—often a white person, let’s be real—or a set of people believes that they discovered something that isn’t new. The term is a close cousin to cultural appropriation, which is all about the dominant culture taking from the minority culture.

Throughout history, we’ve seen some columbusing-ass folks.

White people have columbused aspects of black womanhood, gangster culture (which was popularized by black rappers of the 1990's) and even whole-ass holidays.


So, let’s unpack this together. See the entire video above.

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Felice León

Afro-Cuban woman that was born and branded in New York. When León isn't actually creating cool videos, she's thinking of cool videos that she can create.