In Every Culture Appropriates, David Frum gives his take on cultural appropriation.
For me, the answer is in this essay from Current Affairs. “Cultural appropriation” is a nebulous phrase that ties together a number of things in a not-so-clear way: some good, some bad, some common, some uncommon, some power-over, some power-under. The actual problem areas that we can hone in on are disrespect and exploitation. That’s where we can bring clarity to the conversation.