In “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker she is making a statement about the Americanization of African
culture.   Dee also known as Wangero represents the "new black," with her brightly colored clothing.   Maggie remains traditional: the 
unchanged, unaffected bystander.   Walker uses characters from both sides of the   cultural field, conveniently cast as sisters in the story.   However the characters in the story never directly mention their feelings about the popularization of African tradition, Walker in someway gets the reader to believe this popularization itself can actually turn into a form of exploitation. By telling the story from the mother's point of view, Walker's representation of Dee is seeped in irony, and therefore Dee's love of her African heritage becomes an exploitation of it.
Since the mother is so closely related to the characters in the story, her perception of them is biased. In the beginning of the story the mother speaks of Dee's actions in the past.   Walker uses this point of view to her advantage, because while the reader is familiar with Dee's somewhat stereotypical "blacksploitive" personality, this aspect of her personality remains completely foreign to her mother, the narrator, who describes it with an innocent wonder.   Even then she displayed an arrogance that isolated her mother and younger sister, but the mother was too busy being proud of her daughter's achievements to notice.   She says, "At sixteen she had a 
style of her own, and she knew what style was.   She used to read to us, without pity.   [Seated] trapped and ignorant underneath her voice." The mother admits to her own ignorance in front of Dee, but does not seem bothered by it.   The reader, on the other hand, immediately knows what kind of character the mother is dealing with.
Dee is brusque, she asks to keep items from the house, items Maggie and her mother still use every day.   She talks down to her mother and sister.   A tourist in her own culture, we know this only because of...