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NOTE: I misunderstood the etymology of the term "cultural appropriation" when I originally wrote this post (see reply below); what I mean is more along the lines of "cultural sharing."
Cultural appropriation is the process through which people from different cultures meet and exchange ideas, and practices such as music, dance, art, etc.. It enriches the cultures that meet, and the resulting fusion creates new, vibrant cultures that incorporate elements of, but are distinct from, the parent cultures (think Latin America). I is not always done tastefully, and at times can be repulsive -- nothing is all good. But overall, it is positive -- it makes the world a far more interesting, beautiful place. To call out cultural appropiation as wrong per se is nonsensical, and can be quite racist -- especially the way it has been condemned of late. It other words, cultural appropriation is a celebration of all that is good in the world -- a fundamental of human creativity; it should praised, ...

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Just sat down with Kim Klacik about her appearance on The View this morning which is tearing up the Internet right now...

View as I drove home from a neighboring town where my friend's home was saved twice- once last night when it came near her backyard and then again today when a hotspot by her house flared up. Grateful for firefighters and their work saving her home. Even during all this craziness there is much to be thankful for.

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