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Dreschel: Pointing the cultural appropriation finger –

by ahnationtalk on May 19, 2017134 Views

Should a white heterosexual male write a novel from the perspective of a black lesbian?

In the name of freedom of expression, absolutely.

But clearly these days the author and his publisher — if he’s lucky enough to get one — would be tarred and feathered with accusations of cultural appropriation.

What does “cultural appropriation” actually mean? There is any number of serviceable definitions but the one that resonates with me is from Oxford Reference.

Oxford defines it as “the taking over of creative or artistic forms, themes, or practices by one cultural group from another.”

The next sentence, however, is the key one, alluding as it does to a hard truth driving this increasingly heated debate:

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