Learning languages is cultural appropriation.
'You don't look like you're of Hispanic heritage because you look white'
The Iberian peninsula suddenly sinks into the sea. White Latin Americans begin to vanish. The Basque people wonder what the hell is going on. Thousands of Germans get upset because they have nowhere to go on Holidays.
I’m Mexican and I live in Sonora, it’s on the border to Arizona, and we have people with blonde or read hair, some have light colored eyes, blue, green, hazel, honey brown, you name it. We were also colonized by Europeans, but they didn’t reach certain states or tribes so they didn’t mix as much and keep the native characteristics, but those on the borders became more mixed.
Also, learning a language isn’t cultural appropriation, if it was then I shouldn’t be speaking English or French and the smidgen Arabic I know would make my Saudi friends livid but no, they get exited, they try to teach me more. Learning different languages is beautiful, it’s a way to learn about a culture, because what’s more specific to a country than the way they express themselves? But I’m not wearing their traditional clothes, I’m not celebrating their holidays, I’m not trying to impersonate them. I just want to speak their language so they can express their emotions in their native tongue without having to water it down by translating it to English.