Probably the most articulate, most cogent commentary/exchange I have seen or heard yet, on the subject of cultural appropriation.
It’s a fairly lengthy interview, but well worth it, for the balanced, nuanced, and analytical approach taken by both participants.
“These aren’t genetic issues, they’re cultural issues, so I don’t feel ashamed for any of it,” he said. “I wasn’t there. You weren’t either. And we’re all obligated to use our talents for the good of others, whether our great-grandfather was a Russian immigrant, a slave, or a Southern plantation owner with 5,000 slaves.”
~Richard Rabinowitz, curator at the New-York Historical Society