On cultural appropriation

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who loved jazz and played a mean sax.  This was painted on a wall outside his palace in Bangkok.  The love that the Thais had for their King was incredible.

“Without cultural appropriation we would not be able to eat Italian food, listen to reggae, or go to Yoga. Without cultural appropriation we would not be able to drink tea or use chopsticks or speak English or apply algebra, or listen to jazz, or write novels. Almost every cultural practice we engage in is the byproduct of centuries of cross-cultural pollination. The future of our civilization depends on it continuing…victimhood culture only exists in certain insulated bubbles. It is by no means the dominant moral culture in the United States, nor any other nation—yet. Most of us still live in a dignity culture where equality, diversity, and inclusion remain paramount principles to aspire to.”

One of the best, most thought-provoking pieces I’ve read in a long, long time.

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