Being a third culture kid, I honestly feel like cultural appropriation does exist, it can be really small things that I see and I know that some people don't believe in it and can I ask why? Is it to do with race? Personal opinion or experience?
It's not that it "doesn't exist" per se. The definition states sort of clearly what it is (one culture adapting another culture's stuff), and that does happen. Just the idea of taking offence over it and making it an issue doesn't actually make any sense given it's a process that's happened for literally thousands of years and is what formed most of the cultures we have today in the first place.
I can't take blacks that play golf seriously...like sooo cringe.
It does exist, but I don't see what is wrong with it. I think it's beautiful that cultures inspire each others. Sure enough it is a good step towards acceptation? If it is done with disrespect, I can see the uproar. But cultural appropriation is how the world evolve. It is impossible to avoid. Some people are just professionally offended
of course it exists - but its normal and natural, and should be encouraged. We should, as we have done throughout history - borrow the best parts from all other cultures, just as other cultures should borrow the best bits from us. It is how cultures evolve and develop, by intermingling with each other.
Now, of course if someone is being a ******** with something that you think is sensitive to you/your family etc.. call them out on it. But call them out on being a ********, not because of their cultural appropriation, but because of the way they have appropriated it. There are good ways and bad ways to do everything, and borrowing from other cultures is no exception. It is entirely subjective though, and should be acknowledged as such.. but if someone does something you think is wrong, then go wild....
But go wild for the right reason.. because they are being a **** with something you care about.. Not because they should never interact with your culture, or never borrow from it - but because they are being a **** with it.
That's where a lot of liberals get the line wrong for me.. they apply a blanket morality over the whole thing, and often a very onesided one, where white people are normally the apropriator, and white culture cannot be apropriated from because it doesnt exist.
They will then give examples of people being dicks to other cultures, and instead of critisising the person who is being a ****, for being a ****.. they attack the whole concept.
Its like saying 'My mate dave borrowed my phone and he smashed the screen - borrowing/lending is always bad'.. no your mate dave was an inconsiderate or clumsy **** who should now make the situation better..