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You Can’t Build Walls Around a Culture

Cultural appropriation fanatics are operating under a fatal error — that culture belongs to anyone. Here’s the reality: it doesn’t. Just to be absolutely clear about that, your culture isn’t yours, and mine isn’t mine. You can’t build walls around culture, because once an idea has been transmitted, whether willingly or not, it can no longer be restrained. It’s beyond ownership. It will be bounced around, split, mutate, crossbreed and reconfigure. It will be appropriated, reappropriated, misappropriated, changed and then changed back, but different. After being cooked, flipped and reformed, it will unexpectedly give birth to something entirely new, to which the same process will occur, over and over again. This is a part of the evolutionary process. It’s progress. It’s the constantly expanding intellectual and social capacity that has led human civilization to every single one of its most mind-blowing achievements. The best music, the best literature, the greatest scientific, technological and political advancements — none have been achieved in a vacuum, all have been reached through a process of cross-pollination, co-operation and mixing. …