This could equally go in the "left wing fuckwit" or "Things you just don't get" threads.
I've stuck it here as it appears to be a staple of American "liberals" of a certain type.
I don't regard them as "left".
More like useless idiots who give our movement a bad name.
Anyway the subject of the day is "Cultural Appropriation".
Cultural appropriation can include using other cultures' traditions, food, fashion, symbols, technology, language, and cultural songs without permission.
This covers a number of personal interests, areas that would be so much worse if it weren't for the blending of cultural ideas.
I'll chuck in an outrageous claim - "All human progress has been the result of the sharing of ideas".
So let's examine an Appropriation-free world.
Food: Imagine it, meat and 2 veg for ever.
Music/Songs: It's been going on for ever, ban this and you can't have Jazz, Rock & Roll, the "British Invasion", No Beatles, No Stones, No Elvis, No Belafonte, No Creedence Clearwater Revival, no World Music...
Technology: No internet for you unless you've a degree form Stanford, MIT or Berkeley - what "Culture" is the Internet, Smartphones, Televisions, Electric Guitars.
Language isn't explicitly mentioned, but am I expected to refrain from using the Yiddish phrases I learned form childhood.
OK so Blacking up is infantile and bad - we get that.
But you show me an individual who keeps strictly to his/her own culture and I'll show you an incredibly dull person, and one with above average odds of already being radicalised.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. Aristotle