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Amandla Stenberg breaks down why cultural appropriation is a problem in a country segregated by institutionalized racism.

Ms. Stenberg is only 16, but she talks about racism and history with the maturity and eloquence of a college lecturer. If you've been meaning to brush up on issues around cultural appropriation vs. cultural exchange, this is a great use of four-and-a-half minutes.

The video was created for her history class (even movie stars have homework) and it's concise, clear and convincing. She says:

Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed as high-fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves.

Hmm, Madonna wearing grills, anyone?

Sources: Clandesteen | h/t Colorlines