The reason I don’t like talking about cultural appropriation is that even that critical vocabulary is too entangled with the language of capital and property.
There have to be (and perhaps are) better ways, which is to say less transactional ways, to think through blackness and culture, and the impossibility of ownership/control/property.
And I feel it is the language of capital and property that allows critics to draw the (very contrived) distinction between what they call appropriation and appreciation.
What if we thought of appropriation and appreciation as two sides of the same antiblack coin?
Whether or not there is material benefit, whether or not credit is given, there is something that is renewed in the psychic health of nb people when they participate in black cultural production.
Which is integral to any circulation of capital anyway.
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