DEFINITION AND FACTS
Cultural appropriation is defined as the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture in a disrespectful manner.
Susan Scafidi, a law professor at Fordham University whose definition of cultural appropriation is probably the most-widely quoted calls it, “Taking intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, or artefacts from someone else’s culture without permission. This can include unauthorized use of another culture’s dance, dress, music, language, folklore, cuisine, traditional medicine, religious symbols, etc. It’s most likely to be harmful when the source community is a minority group that has been oppressed or exploited in other ways or when the object of appropriation is particularly sensitive, e.g. sacred objects.”
APPROPRIATION VS APPRECIATION
Why it represents a social problem:
Classism, racism, and xenophobia are involved.
It’s trivial and reliant on stereotypes.
Indeed, Social Media has brought more attention to the topic lately.
Also, commercial capitalism profits on this practice unfairly.
For more clarity about what is and what is not appropriation, check this resource: