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Someone: Now, white people with dreadlocks is usually gross but calling it cultural appropriation kind of annoys me. Aren't cultures supposed to learn and borrow from each other? Isn't that part of the whole "melting pot" ? Really the racism issue is that sometimes when some white people do it its seen as some hot new style, but the same people will put down a black person for wearing dreads.
Someone else: Pretty much any claim of "cultural appropriation" is bullshit. My favorite recent example is against an Oberlin College eatery for serving inauthentic Asian food, including serving a Vietnamese dish "using ciabatta instead of traditional French bread".
Plus if the problem is people who don't like dreadlocks on black people, then white people with dreadlocks aren't the ones at fault.
Another person: The cultural appropriation thing always sounds like a cry from George Wallace or Strom Thurmond. Cultural appropriation was essential to ending segregation on the radio back in the 50s and 60s. White artists who recognized they could empower the black rhythm and blues music did covers to bring that music onto white radio, and bring down that separation. Bobby Womack would've died in obscurity if the Stones hadn't broken through covering him. It's not fair, but it's true, and necessary.The legitimate issue of cultural appropriation has been addressed by people far more knowledgable and eloquent than I, so here is a basic 101 for people who don't Google. http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/05/defending-cultural-appropriation/