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?