Culture Appropriation: Where is the line?

What is this new fad that is all the rage?

“Cultural appropriation is a sociological concept which views the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture as a largely negative phenomenon” (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Recently, there has been a large uproar about this phenomenon from Halloween costumes to age-old symbols of major sports teams. But is cultural appropriation such a bad thing? Are we just making a big deal about something that is inevitable? I think so. Using the term “appropriation” is a rather aggressive attempt to keep cultures separate I believe that the melding of cultures is bound to happen eventually. That being said, I do believe that people need to realize when they are experiencing a new culture, they are seeing another person’s way of life. Continue reading