Cultural Appropriation

Cultural appropriation occurs when people from a dominant culture use things from an oppressed culture without acknowledgement, permission and/or payment. A difference in power is a critical component in cultural appropriation.

Cultural appropriation is most stark when it affects a community that has suffered from colonisation, disenfranchisement or the impacts of poverty. The more you’ve lost, the more oppressive it is when your remaining resources, such as your cultural assets, are taken.

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